Durban - The man accused of kidnapping Miguel Louw fled for his life inside the Durban Magistrates Court on Wednesday after being hit by an umbrella by a supporter of Miguel.
Mohammed Vahed Ebrahim had to make a run for it after being accosted by family members and supporters of Miguel as he walked out of the courtroom.
His father Ebrahim Shah,77, claimed his son was rough handled outside the courtroom.
Ebrahim had been walking around the court trying to leave when a group of people walked up to him. He fled into the shop and came out from the refuse bin collection passage.
People shouted 'catch him catch him' in the corridors as Ebrahim fled.
A woman standing in the corridor whacked him with an umbrella over his head. Ebrahim's family tried to shield him.
His father was petrified.
Moments earlier, Ebrahim who has been charged with the abduction of nine-year-old Miguel appeared briefly in the Durban Magistrate's Court where the case against him was remanded until December.
A clean-shaven Mohammed Vahed Ebrahim‚ 43, dressed in a smart pink shirt, a black tie and formal black pants appeared before a packed public gallery in courtroom 10.
Shortly after proceedings began, Magistrate Mohamed Motala asked if Ebrahim had been charged with murder. The answer from the prosecutor was no.
Ebrahim was reprimanded for not going to the Phoenix police station to sign thrice a week. Ebrahim told the Magistrate that the court did not give him a form (to go to the police station) on the previous appearance.
The Magistrate remanded the case until December 5 for further investigation.
His formal wear on Monday was in stark contrast to the beard and unkempt clothes he had worn at previous court hearings. He told the Daily News that he had bought the clothes specifically for the court hearing, claiming that police had taken his clothes away.