- National Arts Council chairperson and prominent South African lawyer Hartley Ngoato was the victim of an alleged racial attack
- Ngoato suffered severe injuries to his head during the alleged attack at Hartbeespoort Dam on Sunday
- According to a witness, a mob of white men approached Ngoato and launched a brutal verbal and physical assault on him
National Arts Council chairperson and prominent South African lawyer Hartley Ngoato was the victim of an alleged racial attack. According to a witness a mob of white men verbally and physically assaulted Ngoato after he spent the morning on the dam.
The alleged incident took place at the Oewer Klub Resort on the shore of the popular weekend getaway retreat of Hartbeespoort Dam. Ngoato had spent the morning cruising the waters in his boat with a close family friend.
Ngoato suffered cuts, bruises and severe lacerations to his head and face during the alleged assault. Thembelani Mpakati who spent the morning with Ngoato said his friend had been the victim of a brutal racial attack.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Mpakati said a mob of white men approached Ngoato while they were removing his boat from the water. One of the men hurled accusations of speeding and reckless behaviour at Ngoato.
The situation quickly degenerated into violence according to Mpakati. He said the man attacked Ngoato with a weapon of some kind and then proceeded to repeatedly smash his head against the concrete slab.
IOL.co.za reported that the incident comes at a time when racial tensions around the Hartbeespoort Dam area are at an all-time high. This comes as the debate around land expropriation has heated up and more black people have sought leases to conduct business dealings around the dam.
These applications have been strongly opposed by what is described as the white Afrikaans community which currently makes up the majority of residents in the area.
Ngoato is a prominent black businessman who has made his intentions to expand his business at Hartbeespoort Dam clear.
The land around Hartbeespoort Dam is owned by the government.
Ngoato has opened a case of assault with the local police. Mpakati said he would be able to identify at least one of the men who allegedly attacked Ngoato.
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