Apartheid-style attack as black teens targeted for entering whites only pool

A group of men have been arrested after trying to prevent black teenagers from swimming, claiming that the pool was reserved for white people only.

Footage of the incident at the Maselspoort resort in the Free State province of South Africa, shows the men attempting to prevent the teens from entering the pool and the group of white people that were swimming at the time leaving as soon they entered.

The Africa Report stated that the men had been "trying to strangle, slap them or dunk their heads underwater."

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The incident has been widely condemned, including by President Cyril Ramaphosa who branded it "racist".

Police said Johan Nel, 33, and Jan Stephanus van der Westhuizen, 47, will appear again in court next year.

"The two appeared in court on charges of assault common and crimen injuria and the matter was postponed to January 25 2023 while being released on warning," said police commissioner Baile Motswenyane.

A third man is expected to appear in court on Thursday, where political parties and activists were protesting outside the court.

Jacobus Johannes Classen appeared at a Bloemfontein court and was released on bail, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said in a statement on Thursday.

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He was charged with attempted murder, assault and crimen injuria, an offence that means inflicting humiliation through obscene or racially-offensive language.

Brian Nakedi, the father of one of the boys, said they told him they were “being prevented from swimming by old adult males, who happen to be white.”

The men “said there was a miscommunication” as they didn't know the young cousins were also booked in at the Bloemfontein resort.

“But as we were leaving, the boys arrived and tried to swim, that’s when the scuffle erupted," he added.

The Africa Report stated that Free State is "a region known for persistent racial tensions."


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