Cyclists charged over driver’s assault

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Cape Town - The two cyclists who allegedly assaulted a motorist in Sea Point have been charged and are appearing in court on Wednesday.

And the pair have been banned from Sunday’s Cape Argus Pick n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour.

Police spokesman FC van Wyk said on Wednesday morning: “Two men, Faizel Hendricks, 39, and Mogammed Solomon, 29, were arrested at Sea Point SAPS for common assault and malicious damage to property.”

Van Wyk disclosed they were seeking a third suspect.

The pair remained in custody from midday on Tuesday until 2.30am, when they were released on a police warning of R500 each.

They were due to appear in Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

Pedal Power Association chairman Steve Hayward told the Cape Argus on Wednesday: “We have checked pair’s names and they are members of the PPA.

“We have pulled their names from the Tour,” he said.

“Action will certainly also be taken against any further cyclists who may have been involved.”

On Tuesday the driver, Cape Town student Ibrahim Waggie, spoke exclusively to the Cape Argus about being attacked by cyclists – an incident which went viral on social media.

Waggie, 19, had been assisting as a volunteer at a charity event, the Sunshine D Polar Ice Cream 10km Big Walk, on Sunday.

His job was to drive a Toyota Quantum van, sponsored by Market Toyota, which tailed the field. The fellow volunteers in his van were tasked with picking up empty water sachets which had been abandoned by walkers along the route.

After stopping at a red traffic light, he was allegedly assaulted by cyclists he had overtaken – with fists, a bicycle and pepper spray.

 

The perpetrators also allegedly damaged the van.

They were later identified as members of the Muhammedeyah Cycling Club on a training ride.

 

The club has apologised “for this unfortunate incident and behaviour” and suspended the men.

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