- Two North West university students were brutally assaulted at a RAG fundraiser last week
- Although, still under investigation, the attack seems to be racially motivated
- Thabang Mosiako, set to compete in Algeria next month, suffered a head injury that may put paid to his athletic career
Thabang Mosiako and Rantso Mokopane, South African athletics champions, were victims of assault recently. The attack was apparently racially motivated and the work of North West University students.
Briefly.co.za learned that the assault occurred last weekend during a university fundraising event. Mosiako, national 5000m champion, set to compete in Algeria in March, was knocked unconscious by his attackers.
The extent of his head injury and the impact on his athletic ambitions next month remain to be seen. Although police have confirmed that the assault is under investigation, no arrests have been made.
A case of assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm was opened, according to Lieutenant Colonel Adele Myburgh.
This is not the first time Mokopane has been attacked around the University. He stated in a social media post that it was, in fact, the fourth such occurrence.
"This time around my training partner was severely injured resulting to a head trauma which may lead to lifelong seizures.
He further stated that he thought the attacks had racial undertones.
"I always refrain from racial issues‚ but on all those 4 attacks it has always been white men engulfing and injuring non-whites without cause. It saddens me that even police and protection services fail to protect where needed [sic]."
Universtiy spokesman, Louis Jacobs stated that they were unsure if the alleged attackers were university students, as the registration of the vehicle that the attackers escaped in did not correspond to any registered student’s vehicle.
“This happened during RAG when there is a very big influx of young people who come to enjoy the event. There is no way we can say it was university students‚” said Jacobs.
The incident is currently under investigation.
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