An enraged motorist entered a school bus and violently beat a 9-year-old boy all over his body with a belt in Durban. A CCTV camera on board the school bus captured the incident.The Richards Bay child’s family is making attempts to capture the man.
The boy’s mother, whose identity has been withheld to protect her child, said that one of the children on the bus threw something out of a window that cracked the windscreen of a car. The motorist cut off the bus and climbed aboard.
The footage shows the man march down the aisle, while the children appear to point him in the direction of the “culprit”. He produces a belt and appears to thrash the boy about 14 times with it, before disembarking from the bus.
“It wasn’t even my son who threw the stone,” the boy’s mother said.
“When the bus came, all the other kids jumped out and came running to me to tell me what had happened,” she said. Her son was severely traumatised; he had belt marks on his back and ear and his face was red” she said.
She opened a case of assault, but the man has not been found. As a last resort she and her husband have turned to social media in the hope that someone will recognise him and come forward.
Police spokeswoman Nqobile Gwala confirmed that a case of assault had been opened at the Richards Bay police station.
No arrests had been made, Gwala said.