The cycling community in SA are outraged at cell phone footage captured over the weekend of a cyclist being harrassed by body guards from a diplomatic vehicle. The amateur footage shows a cyclist on Roper street being knocked to the ground by occupants of one of those blue light brigade vehicles.
Not only are cyclist outraged, but pretty much everyone in SA who is sick and tired of those blue light brigades and their above-the-law attitude.
That’s shocking…why are people still making videos holding the phone in that positition.
That aside…the actions of the guards has outraged the cycling community with dozens calling for action and indentification of the diplomat.
If you can identify the guy standing in the white shirt then leave a comment hey.
UPDATE: this from IOL.
“A group of 16-year-old schoolboys filmed an incident in which a cyclist was allegedly assaulted despite being threatened by the occupants of a diplomatic vehicle.
Last week, Hein van der Merwe was cycling near Pretoria University when, according to him, a black Mercedes-Benz nearly hit him.
An angry Van der Merwe followed the car, and in a bid to get the driver’s attention, he hit the vehicle’s side mirror.” [iol]
And also this from the kid who filmed it.
“One of the occupants of the diplomatic vehicle noticed the teenager recording the incident.
“He said ‘give me the phone’. I refused and he told me that what I was doing was illegal. I said I had every right to be there and to record what had happened,” the teen said.
He said he ran into his school and the man followed him. A group of his friends stood behind the teenager and was confronted by the man, who told him he was going to arrest him.” [iol]