UFS assault victim labelled racist

Bloemfontein - The Free State student allegedly assaulted by two fellow students at the University of the Free State's city campus is a racist, the Bloemfontein Regional Court heard on Monday.

"Your evidence is indicative of your racial attitude," Johann Nel, for the two students, said in cross-examination.

Cobus Muller faces four charges, including reckless driving, crimen injuria, attempted murder, and assault, while Charl Blom faces a charge of assault.

The State alleges the two students tried to run over fellow student Muzi Gwebu with their bakkie on the campus in February this year.

When Gwebu confronted the two moments afterwards, he was allegedly assaulted.

Nel submitted that Muller denied all the allegations against him and that the two, in terms of the assault charge, had only tried to protect themselves against an aggressive Gwebu.

"You are the racist here," Nel submitted to Gwebu after the alleged victim could not say why he refused help from fellow white students after the apparent assault.

"You are here to defend racists," Gwebu replied, adding that Nel might have "interests of the same calibre" about him.

Earlier in the cross-examination Gwebu testified that skin colour was not the reason why he did not accept help from white students when they offered.

"If skin colour is not the reason, what other reason for your distrust might there be," Nel asked.

"You did not approach them for help or ask them."

Gwebu said he could feel and see that he was racially under attack. He did not trust them.

Verbal assault

Gwebu also told the court he forgot to tell police initially that he was severely insulted on the night of the alleged incident.

He alleged in evidence-in-chief he could hear the driver of the bakkie call him a "kaffir" just before it hit him.

"You were gravely demeaned, you testified," said Nel.

Gwebu confirmed.

Nel asked him why he did not mention the derogatory word used against him to police on the night.

Gwebu first told the court he omitted it and later blamed the police for leaving it out of the statement.

"Why, this is [now] the main issue you have about the night," asked Nel.

"I forgot about it," replied Gwebu.

The matter continues.


Blue*Reid 2014/08/04 03:26:43 PM
Everything is racist, nothing can ever be non-racist. If somebody tries to hijack my car, I will run him over, if somebody breaks into my house, I will shoot him/her and bury it somewhere else, if somebody takes anything that belongs to me, I will kick his ass. But nothing can just be what it is, always a dramatic "victim" story....
KevinKing 2014/08/04 03:31:43 PM
"He did not trust them [the white students]"... that's all I need to hear...
IanxRhodes 2014/08/04 03:35:22 PM
This is (like so many other "racist" stories) just another one which perpetuates the division between the races and which has been legislated for and nurtured and practiced by our Government. As long as we cling to the word "racist" and "apartheid" we help them to achieve their goal of "divide and rule" which they have so well done for so long.
Menzi Gladile 2014/08/04 03:35:24 PM
I too woudn't trust white people in that situation we respond differently to situation that just how we are made, so does that make me a racist?
Tinus Fourie 2014/08/04 03:36:23 PM
About time the real racists are exposed!
David Van Schalkwyk 2014/08/04 03:37:15 PM
Well done News24 two racist articles in one day... I am impressed... Ok everyone lets do it again 3-2-1 Racist comments GO GO GO....
Schalk Johannes Brand 2014/08/04 03:37:21 PM
Haha bullying, the court brings out the truth. If they are guilty. Yhey will get their punishment, but if that student lies about some of the facts, they must lock him up as well.
Nin Ja Kitty 2014/08/04 03:38:13 PM
Again, the Free State. Folks, you have got to move on from this Racial Cr@p. You are farting against the wind. Pull yourselves towards yourselves and stop this hatred. It is benefitting exactly No-One. If you are offended by someone, deal with it appropriately. This is not on for a country that is already in the depths of strife.
Stephen Mulomba 2014/08/04 03:40:11 PM
Lets be real here, it all falls to state of mind during the crime. If a group of lets say guys in red overalls attacks me whilst a few others watch, its only probable I will not ask the others for help or even trust the others at that moment. This lawyer is bullying the lad and I hope the judge can see right through the stUpi.d tactic.
Menzi Gladile 2014/08/04 03:45:16 PM
It makes me laugh how the white people here are quick in believing this Nel character that is representing these white students