Four Gauteng holidaymakers are expected to appear in the Ramsgate Magistrate Court after attacking lifeguards at the Manaba Beach in Margate, on KwaZulu-Natal’s south coast.
The incident – which was caught on camera and included in the article – is believed to stem from beachgoers refusing to comply with lifeguards’ instructions. Here’s what we know.
KZN LIFEGUARDS AND BEACHGOERS IN SCUFFLE
RACISM AND VIOLENCE AT THE BEACH
A scuffle ensued when lifeguards at the Manaba beach on the South Coast warned beachgoers to obey the rules. Do note that the video (which will be included below) contains swearing and racial slurs.
Four lifeguards reportedly sustained injuries after being attacked by four suspects between the ages of 21 and 52. A fifth lifeguard also sustained serious injures and was rushed to a nearby hospital for medical attention.
WATCH: KWA-ZULU NATAL BEACH BRAWL
As reported by TimesLive, Provincial police spokesperson Capt Nqobile Gwala said authorities are investigating the incident. Moreover, the four suspects will reportedly be charged with assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
“A a group of suspects assaulted the lifeguards who were on duty. [The suspects] were placed under arrest, they are also appearing before the Ramsgate magistrate’s court.”
KWAZULU-NATAL LIFEGUARDS ATTACKED: WHAT HAPPENED?
According to Ray Nkonyeni municipality spokesperson Simon April, “it started off as a scuffle when the lifeguards tried to warn the group about how far they could swim”. April added:
“Things got heated and unfortunately it became a physical fight on racial grounds. There were punches and kicks and lots of racial abuse and swearing, all because it seems that the lifeguards were trying to do their job and enforce the rules”.
The suspects then followed the lifeguards to the office and change rooms before “[jumping] in their bakkie while the reservists were trying to detain them and call the police”, April explained.
He added that the vehicle had a Gauteng registration plate. While visitors are welcome, the municipality will not tolerate rules being violated, and called on citizens to “respect each other and adhere to the precautionary measures”.
The third video below shows the fight continuing at the changing rooms: