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A trial date has been set in the case of two brothers who are alleged to have assaulted a Zambian student last month in a racial attack.
The brothers, 25-year-old Jean-Pierre du Plooy and 21-year-old Nicholas du Plooy, will go on trial in the Pietermaritzburg District Court on March 20 next year.
They face charges of assault and crimen injuria.
The state alleges that the brothers, who are avid weightlifters and rugby players, assaulted Zambian national Likandi Mbumwae, a student at UKZN Pietermaritzburg, on the night of September 1 outside the popular nightclub Crowded House in Commercial Road.
It is alleged the brothers taunted Mbumwae after he arrived at the club in the company of a white American student.
It is alleged they called Mbumwae a monkey and a k****r, and the American woman a “monkey lover”. It is alleged they then proceeded to punch Mbumwae repeatedly on his face and body.
They are on bail of R500 each. – Pietermaritzburg Bureau