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Watch: South African pro Nic Dlamini's arm broken in clash with park rangers during training ride

Martin James
2 Jan 2020

Footage of NTT Pro Cycling rider being manhandled sparks outrage as park officials claim Dlamini 'injured himself'

Promising South African rider Nic Dlamini had his 2020 season derailed before it even began after an altercation with security officials while on a training ride left him hospitalised with a broken arm.

The incident occurred in the Table Mountain National Park near Cape Town on 27th December. Footage recorded by one of Dlamini’s ride partners shows the 24-year-old NTT Pro Cycling (formerly Dimension Data) rider being roughly manhandled by several park security staff and forced into the back of a vehicle.

Warning: Video shows alleged assault and the moment his arm breaks is graphic and obvious

Seemingly unaware of the existence of the footage, a statement was then issued by SANParks, which manages the park, claiming that Dlamini had resisted arrest after being found not to have purchased a ticket on entry or having a permit allowing him to ride in the park.

The statement claimed that after Dlamini had been unable to produce a permit, ‘the situation quickly spiralled causing the suspect to injure himself during the ordeal’.

In the light of the misleading statement, the video showing the reality of the rangers’ heavy-handed treatment towards Dlamini quickly gained significant traction on social media.

It was initially shared by Bicycling SA, South Africa’s premier cycling publication, and was also surfaced by among others Chris Froome, who himself spent much of the festive season training on the roads of the Western Cape.

Following surgery on the broken arm, Dlamini is recovering in hospital in Cape Town and has been visited by among others Western Cape Premier Alan Winde, who called for the rangers to be suspended immediately.

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