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White man charged with attempted murder in swimming pool for attack on black teen

White man charged with attempted murder in swimming pool for attack on black teen

Three white men have been charged with attempted murder and assault after attacking two black boys in a swimming pool in South Africa.

In a video that went viral on social media, two black boys were physically denied entry to the swimming pool at his Maselspoort resort on Christmas Day, amid ongoing racial tensions. rice field.

The video then caused an uproar online over the severity of the violence inflicted on the two boys by a white man, who strangled him, punched him, and tried to drown his head in water. .

Additional video footage shows the trio trying to keep black teenagers out of the pool, and as soon as they did, another group of white swimmers quickly exited the pool. .

The boys were reportedly stopped not because of their race, but because the pool was reserved for resort guests. Earlier this week, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said it was "disappointing that adults dealing with teenagers resort to violence so easily as to worry." Regardless, we must unite to rid society of the violence seen in the video of the Free State Resort incident.

The National Public Prosecutor's Office (NPA) said in a statement that one of his defendants, Jakob Johannes Klassen, appeared in court in Bloemfontein and was released on bail on Thursday.

Classen has been charged with attempted murder, assault, and assault, a crime meant to humiliate with obscene or racist language.

On Wednesday, two of his other men, Johannner and Jan Stephanus van der Westhuisen, were released after being charged with assault.

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