Watch: Petrol attendant beaten during 'unprovoked' attack

22 June 2016 - 16:07 By Staff Reporter

CCTV footage has been published showing a petrol attendant being assaulted during what he says was an unprovoked attack by two men in Limpopo over the weekend.

The videos show Johannes Monyela, 33, being assaulted at a Sasol petrol station in Tzaneen on Saturday night just before midnight.

In the first video, Monyela can be seen servicing a red car that had pulled up to the petrol station. Monyela exchanges words with a passenger who tries to grab his hat. Monyela pulls back but another passenger gets out the vehicle and follows, attacking him.

The driver of the vehicle tries to break up the fight with little success.

WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES MAY DISTURB SENSITIVE VIEWERS

In the second video the fight moves into the changing room when Monyela runs inside to escape his assailants. He is forced to the ground and repeatedly beaten by the two passengers, with the driver trying to get between the men and Monyela. A security guard also tries to intervene unsuccesfully.

The two men‚ Danie Le Roux‚ 26‚ and Hermanus van Dyk‚ 36‚ appeared in the Tzaneen Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday facing charges of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm. They were released on R1‚000 and R500 bail respectively.

Limpopo police spokesperson Colonel Moatshi Ngoepe said, "These people arrived at the [Sasol] petrol station wanting petrol. An argument ensued between them and the petrol attendant. They started attacking the petrol attendant.”

According to the SABC, Monyela claims he never provoked the suspects and is still traumatised by the incident. He is hoping the law will run its course.

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