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Black Journalist Violently Attacked For Trying To Help Victims Of A Car Crash

In Wilroparc, a notoriously prejudiced area in post-apartheid South Africa, a South African Black man who attempted to help a group of white people out of a car accident was called a “monkey” and brutally beaten on Wednesday, March 13th.

Samora Mangesi, 26, shared documentation of his brutal beating on Twitter, despite saying he was afraid to go public with the attack after the Jussie Smollett case.

Mangesi says the attack knocked the memory out of him in addition to the hope.

Mangesi is a host for the South African Broadcasting Company in Johannesburg, about 30 minutes from where the incident took place.

The car in question rolled over and Mangesi and his two friends approached to be sure the passengers were alright.

“We asked if they were OK, if they needed us to call the cops, or to call a friend,” Mangesi said.

“First reaction we got was them saying, ‘Go [away], monkeys,’ in Afrikaans.”

They also called his friends “black bitches.”

“We said, ‘But guys, we’re only trying to help you. Why are you calling us monkeys, using derogatory terms?’” Mangesi continued.

“We were telling them how, in 2019, you can’t call people monkeys, especially black people, given this country’s history.”

The group did not seem to care about that.

Soon after, an unknown assailant approached and hit him in the head with a heavy object.  The next thing he remembers was “crying [his] eyes out” in the CT scan.

The saddest part?

He almost walked away from sharing his story because of the Jussie Smollett case.

“I played with the idea of not reporting it, trying to stay away from turning this into a big media thing and becoming a poster child for racism in South Africa,” he said.

“Especially after what we’ve seen with Jussie Smollett in America, I didn’t want that attention.”

“I think we all kind of have, especially as media personalities, a way that we want our brand to grow,” he concluded.

“I don’t even want to be famous. I want to be a broadcaster who’s respected and has longevity within the industry. It took a lot from me to speak up about it, to make sure people knew what happened, how it transpired, and the apparent reasons behind it.”

“I’ve had responses that say, ‘You deserve it. Why were you stopping to help white people anyway?’ which is absolutely disturbing for a country that has been democratic for the past 25 years.”

The worst part of all this is that it echoes a worldwide problem.  White supremacists feeling empowered.

We cannot allow this to continue.


Written by Mike Walsh

Mike is a writer, dancer, actor, and singer who recently graduated with his MFA from Columbia University. Mike's daily ambitions are to meet new dogs and make new puns on a daily basis. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @mikerowavables.