The police in Limpopo has announced that it’s in search for Mark Scott-Crossley, the man who made headlines around the world in 2004 for throwing a farm worker into a lion’s den.
Though the police didn’t indicate if Mark Scott-Crossley was a suspect of any crime yet, it called on those with information about Mark Scott-Crossley’s whereabouts to contact them as soon as possible.
According to details from Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo, Mark Scott-Crossley is roped in a case that involves a man who was dragged and then run over twice as he lay on the ground on December 14 around 7.30pm in Hoedspruit.
“The victim was on his cellphone outside a shop when he was attacked from behind by a man who grabbed the phone and smashed it to the ground. He was dragged around, and later the man ran him over twice with a silver 4×4 vehicle.
“Initially we thought it was a hit-and-run, but as we gathered more information, we realized from the facts that this sounded like attempted murder.
“His legs were badly injured in the attack,” Mojapelo said.
Mojapelo also stated that though the victim gave a clear description of his attacker, the police, at this stage, is only looking for Scott-Crossley to question him. “We are not saying that it was him, we want him to help us with information about the case.”
He said police had gone to Scott-Crossley’s home several times, but did not find him. “He has disappeared or gone underground. We are appealing to him to come to us.
“We are asking anyone with information on his whereabouts to come forward,” Mojapelo added.
Though the police withheld the identity of the victim, the regional secretary for the ANC’s Bohlabela branch, Chauke, described the victim as a 37-year-old Silence Mabunda.
“We met with the family and they described to us what happened. The attacker told the victim that only white people were allowed to answer their phones, after smashing his phone to the ground.
“He left the restaurant and was followed by the same white man he’d had the altercation with. The man then knocked him down and ran him over with the car,” Chauke disclosed.
Meanwhile, the ANC said its disturbed by the news of the alleged racist attack which happened while the country was preparing to celebrate the Day of Reconciliation on December 16.
“South Africa is a democratic country where blacks, Indians, coloreds and whites live together in peace and harmony. We have never thought that at this age of our democracy, people will behave in this unwelcoming manner.
“This is indeed a step back from achieving reconciliation and maintaining our democracy,” Chauke uttered and charged the law to take its course and punish the attacker accordingly.