Drag artist in row with cops

Estelle Ellis

A QUICK stop for a snack after a night out turned into a nightmare for a Port Elizabeth drag artist who ended up being arrested for drunk driving.

And all because Terry Victor – a hairdresser and gay activist – had taken on two police officers for calling his showbiz partner a “black moffie”.

“I will admit that when I heard them say that I became woes [enraged]”, the diminutive hairdresser said at his Walmer hair salon yesterday.

“I feel all washed-out today. All this was so unnecessary.”

Victor and his 2 Fierce drag show partner, Ebi West, were on their way home to Mount Pleasant at about 11.30pm on Wednesday when they stopped at a filling station near their home.

They saw policemen talking to armed response guards and one of the filling station’s attendants.

“We went in. I bought a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich. While we were in the shop we heard one of the policemen calling Ebi a ‘black moffie’.

“I then became woes,” Victor said. “I may be small but I have taken on big men before …

“I stand up for my rights. You cannot discriminate against me for being who I am … I am a homosexual. People should learn to deal with it,” he said.

Victor “had a verbal go” at the policemen and the next thing, he said, his sandwich was “flying through the air” as one of the police officers picked him up and threw him in the back of a police van.

“I saw the armed response guys getting the hell out of there,” he said.

Police asked for a breathalyser test, but Victor refused and was taken to Livingstone Hospital instead to be tested for blood-alcohol levels.

“I must admit they took me right to the front of the queue, but I was delaying things by being difficult. Eventually my lawyer said I must take the blood test. I think the police were going to force me to take one.

“When I went into the toilet, one policeman followed me right into the cubicle. I guess he liked me,” Victor said, grinning.

While he admitted his blood test might indicate he was over the alcohol limit, Victor said police showed no interest in him for that. They were more intent on discussing West and him, he said.

He only got home at about 3am yesterday.

Meanwhile, friends were desperately trying to get information from West.

“Ebi was so traumatised by the arrest it took our friends hours to discover what had happened. Of course he is blaming himself now, but I must say he still tried to shut me up,” Victor said.

Victor is expected to appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court in November.

Police spokesman Captain Johann Rheeder confirmed Victor had been arrested on a charge of drunk driving and that a case had been opened at the Walmer police station.

“The circumstances of his arrest are sub judice and I cannot comment on it,” Rheeder said.

West could lay a complaint of crimen injuria against the police officer who called him a “black moffie”, he said.

“You can think what you want and a person can be what they want to be, but you cannot go around saying it. Somebody can be a prostitute and you cannot call her a prostitute,” Rheeder said.

Attorney Milton de la Harpe, who has represented the likes of singer-songwriter Arno Carstens in drunk driving cases, said drivers could only be arrested for drunk driving while in the vehicle with the vehicle’s engine running.

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