James (36) of Brackenfell (not his real name) called CapeTalk on Wednesday after an encounter he had with, he claims, a particularly aggressive tow truck driver who had arrived on the scene of a collision that he was involved in.
He says he was extremely shaken by the experience, especially as he had two young children in his vehicle. James, a coloured man, claims he was sworn at and racially insulted by the white tow-truckers. Apparently, the tow-truckers didn’t want to let him go and ganged up on him.
“They said they were going to ‘take me out’. I felt so intimidated that I cried for about five minutes; in front of my kids!” said James. “I don’t know what to do; I feel helpless and fearful! Should I report it to the police? Is this what I voted for? Is this what my kids have to endure?
“I am going to take this further, even if my life is in danger. At least now I’m publicly known to be involved in this case.”
Listen to James’s accusation (followed by the tow truck drivers involved in the accident’s retort):
“The first thing James said was, ‘here comes the aasvoëls (vultures) and skelms (crooks)’,” said Kobus. “I replied, ‘Wie’s jou aasvoël? Wies jou skelm?’ He then told me to f-off.”
Kobus denies swearing first or racially abusing James.
“He never actually cried!” said Kobus. “He’s lying. I also have children; I would never threaten to ‘take someone out!'"
Listen to tow truck drivers Kobus and Philip’s denials:
There has been quite a bit of coverage of the towing industry in the media lately, focusing on the turf wars between rival towing companies.