An elderly man is in a serious, but stable, condition in a Durban hospital after he was assaulted in a road rage incident in Newlands East on Friday.
Ismail Parak, an 83-year-old man from Johannesburg, had been badly beaten, including getting a kick to the head, after his Renault Megane was involved in a minor fender bender with another car.
Crisis Medical’s Kyle van Reenen told News24 he was one of the first medics on the scene and found Parak heavily disoriented and with a head injury.
Van Reenen said the elderly man was so disoriented that he “thought he was in Johannesburg”.
Parak was rushed to City Park Hospital for treatment and then transferred to the Nu-Shifa private hospital for further care.
The shocking incident occurred on a bridge in Newlands East on Friday night at 20:00. Van Reenen said the local community immediately rallied to assist Parak and his 10-year-old grandson who had been in the car with him.
Van Reenen said he had been told that there were two suspects involved in the incident.
Parak’s son Zaid told The Mercury that he rushed from Johannesburg to Durban after hearing from relatives about the incident.
A case has been opened with local police.
KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said no arrests have been made yet.
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