Durban – Cellphone footage of a man being beaten up, soon after he drove into the path of an illegal drag race on Umgeni Road on Thursday night, has gone viral, with the video shared more than 6 000 times online, and with more than 90 000 views.
Late last night, Kuben Pather, from Umhlatuzana township, said he was the victim in the video and was still recovering from the incident. He said he would lay a charge today, through his lawyer.
Pather said he had taken his father’s Tazz for a test drive.
“I just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. I tried to sort it out in a reasonable manner but these guys were very hotheaded,” he said.
The video was sent on Friday to motorsport enthusiast Wesley James Smith who, angered by the brutality of the clip, posted it on his account, calling for the law to step in. He posted online: “Now as a concerned person I have taken it upon myself to get the footage and find the poor guy you kicked like a savage. Today is the day you learn the power of social media. A weekend in jail is going to seem like an eternity. Share and show you have a heart and get this guy some justice. No matter what happened… no one deserves this.”
Smith said he was passionate about motorsport, but did not support illegal drag racing and he wanted justice for the victim.