A video showing a fight between a suspected e-hailing driver and a car full of people in Sea Point on Sunday, February 14 has gone viral on social media.
There are several videos of the incident in circulation on social media. In the most shared video clip, events are already unfolding and the red car reverses away from the e-hailing driver – who appears to be inspecting the damage to his silver vehicle.
When the man notices the red car making its retreat he runs towards it, which prompts its occupants to leap out of the vehicle, after which another argument briefly ensues and one of the red car’s occupants smacks the driver with what appears to be a licence plate.
The driver returns to his silver car and reaches for a scissor jack. He brandishes the jack as a weapon and shouts “who wants to die?” at the red car’s occupants before smashing in the rear passenger window, on the driver’s side, of the red car. A woman and little girl are seated near the window.
In an earlier video, which appears to have taken place before the clip above, the occupants of the red car can be seen chasing the driver from the road down the promenade.
According to unconfirmed reports, the incident was sparked because the red car was driving slowly, the silver car’s driver took offence and passed the red car and stopped in front of it, which started an argument between the occupants of the two vehicles. The situation escalated and the driver of the red car allegedly smashed the back passenger window of the silver car.
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Eventually, law enforcement appeared on the scene and deescalated the situation.
Social media users condemned the incident and are concerned about the acts of public violence taking place in Cape Town.
“What’s becoming of our people? So much anger, so much hatred and they do not care about the lives of others and themselves. This world and our country needs healing. Let us pray for divine intervention,” commented one Facebook user.
This incident comes on the heels of the chaos that erupted at the V&A Waterfront on Saturday, February 13 when a huge fight between two groups of “youngsters” broke out at the shopping centre. The centre’s management confirmed that one young individual sustained a stab wound in the back during the altercation before their security personnel took control of the situation. The youth was released into the custody of their parents.
“The V&A manages a comprehensive security operation with security personnel, armed response, CCTV & other measures. We’ve immediately increased personnel on the weekend to continue to monitor the situation but believe it to be an isolated incident,” said the shopping centre’s management.
Cape Town ETC reached out to the South African Police Service for comment but have not received comment at the time of publication.
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