Model and Actress Mirriam Ngomani has vowed to take legal action against the men who allegedly attacked her and her fiancé.
Pretoria, South Africa – The “racist” incident took place at Time Square Casino in Menlyn, Pretoria, in the early hours of 11th of July 2019 but Mirriam Ngomani has vowed that she will use what has happened to teach all racists a lesson.
“It is totally unacceptable that people can have so much hate and so anger because of a skin colour.”
The racial attack, insults and humiliation of the couple took place at around 3 am on Thursday, 11 July 2019, when the couple were spending the night at the Casino. The couple had gone out to watch the RSA and Nigeria football game on the previous evening and decided to spend the night at the famous Casino. They were having an enjoyable time when a white man within the smoking area threw a cigarette stub on the floor. Ngomani’s fiance Tobias Zehetleitner confronted the smoker concerning littering, pointing out that an ashtray would have served as a better substitute than the floor where the stub was polluting the public space. The racist smoker responded by hurling insults, name calling and racial slurs.
The seemingly racist attacker called Ngomani with the “K” word, insulted her and questioning Zehetleitner on how he can cry over a cigarette stub while he is “involved with a filthy Black woman. For obvious reasons, Zehetleitner reacted to the situation of his partner being insulted by confronting the perpetrator on his unnecessary insults. The Smoker, in turn, with assistance from his friends/companions, reacted with violence and launched a physical attack on the couple, which resulted in serious face injuries for Zehetleitner and left Ngomani with a broken leg.
According to Ngomani, Zehetleitner and Eyewitnesses, the physical attack on the couple happened in an open public area of the Casino, in full view of other patrons and security personnel of the Casino.
At the moment there are no arrests, but the Casino has confirmed the incident. The Casino further confirmed the availability of multiple surveillance recordings which captured the incident. The perpetrators were briefly held for questioning by both SAPS and casino security, and they were left to go as at that moment both Ngomani and Zehetleitner were driving to the nearest hospital, and no criminal charges were laid with SAPS.
The names and identities of the perpetrators are known to SAPS and Casino Management.
Ngomani would like to thank the supporters and well-wishers for their show of support, and they are greatly appreciated. She was in high spirits at the theatre before surgery when family visited her. Although she is still emotional, shocked and was in severe pain, she prays that the racist perpetrators be brought to book and justice is served. Zehetleitner and Ngomani, being a mixed race couple, are traumatised and shocked by this criminal and racist acts or conduct in the present day South Africa.
“They need to be taught a lesson. They need to go to jail. There is no excuse or reason for what happened.”
The racist attack and their story is so important and needs to be shared. Racism and hate in any form cannot be tolerated or allowed. We have also been inspired by Ngomani’s bravery in taking this matter further.
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