Samora Mangesi, a black South African TV host who was victim to a racial attack last Friday, posted pictures of his injured face on Twitter on Wednesday. The event took place when he went to help a group of white people whose vehicle had overturned in Johannesburg. "They called my friends and I monkeys. When we engaged them on why we were being called such, they beat me up until I was unconscious." The tweet sparked fury among his followers, who shared the post more than 3,700 times.
"On Friday night I was the victim of a racially motivated attack," the 26-year-old wrote on Twitter on Wednesday, sharing pictures of his injuries.
"They kicked me on the ground after one of them had hit me on the back of the head," wrote Mangesi who sustained cuts, bruises and grazes on his face and body.
Race relations remain tense in South Africa 25 years after the end of white-minority apartheid rule.
"Rainbow nation is a myth," tweeted one user called @IamTrevorWest.
Mangesi initially thought of "letting it go and just continuing with my life", but has now reported the incident to police, he added.
A police spokesman said that the case is being investigated.