Viral racial road-rage spat to be probed

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Warning: The article contains graphic descriptions of violence that may offend sensitive readers

Police are investigating a racial road-rage incident after it went viral on social media.

Egan Vorster had posted a video on Facebook that shows a man striking him in the face with a large wooden stick along Jan van Riebeeck Drive in Paarl. Vorster’s post had more than 7 000 shares, 2 000 “likes” and 4 000 comments.

The recording shows a white motorist Vorster claims called him a “h**not”, after a near collision. The man then strikes Vorster in the face.

Attempts to reach Vorster were unsuccessful and the identity of the other person was still unknown.

Vorster posted: “When I passed him and gave him the ‘head-shake’, he responded by calling me a h**not – which is Cape for ‘I don’t like you because you have a nice tan’.

He then swerved in front of me a second time, showing aggressive hand-signs, and even though my lip-reading is not on CIA-field-agent level, I could make out the words ‘ek sal jou b**ksem’.”

Vorster, referring to the other driver as padvark (road hog) after both pull over, records the man removing the object from his boot.

His post continues: “Now I know what some of you are thinking, you’re thinking I should have just carried on driving serenely down the beautiful streets of Southern Paarl.

“Instead I stopped my car as well, and no – I did not jump out of my car like an idiot. That didn’t stop him though. He jumped out and grabbed a large wooden stick from his car which he used to strike me in the face.”

Police spokesperson FC van Wyk said a case of assault and intimidation was being investigated.

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