A CITY family told last night of witnessing an attack on a foreign man in the downtown area of Pietermaritzburg — and showed pictures of the bloodied man. A young witness said she saw about 20 people beating the man with bottles, belts and sjamboks at the corner of Retief and Greyling streets yesterday afternoon. He was also stabbed several times.
“It must have been a xenophobic attack because the guy was a foreigner and he was being attacked by group of locals … there are lots of Malawians living in downtown,” said another witness.
Residents said the beating was the first xenophobic attack they have seen.
A Netcare911 paramedic confirmed that the victim is not a South African, although his nationality is unknown. He was taken to Northdale Hospital in a serious condition.