Pretoria man gets death threats after being mistaken for Spur bully

A Pretoria man says his life has been turned upside down after he was falsely identified as the man who aggressively grabbed a woman and threatened to assault her at a Spur restaurant in Johannesburg.

The incident happened at the Texamo Spur at the Glen Shopping Centre at the weekend.

Jacque Payne’s number and home address were published on Twitter and both were alleged to belong to Nico Viljoen‚ the man implicated in the Spur brawl.

Payne said his phone hasn’t stopped ringing.

“We have been receiving death threats and I don’t even know who Nico Viljoen is. I haven’t even been to Joburg in two or three years‚” Payne told TimesLIVE.

“My family and I can’t even move. We have nowhere to go‚” he added.

He believes the person who posted his contact details on social media is a Telkom employee.

Payne has tried all avenues to resolve the issue but he claimed the police were unable to assist.

His mother‚ Anneline‚ took to Facebook to vent her frustration.

“If I find Nico Viljoen‚ he will regret being born. We as a family have been to hell and back today because of the Spur incident. We have had over 400 calls‚ some great people were spoken to‚ some not so nice‚” Anneline Payne wrote.

“We distance ourselves from Nico Viljoen. We have no idea who or where he is‚” she said.

She begged for people to stop calling her son‚ adding that they were being unfairly harassed.

2 thoughts on “Pretoria man gets death threats after being mistaken for Spur bully

  • March 24, 2017 at 7:30 am

    Though these are two separate issues. ( the initial act of slapping the little girl and the subsequent retaliation) Why does Spur not release footage on the incident in the play area? Is there any supervision? Are they trying to avoid liability should children be injured in their play areas. This is the pressing issue. Did the father over react? Yes. How many dads would do that? More than would like to admit to it. Was this racial? from the CCTV footage there is absolutely no indication that this incident was racially motivated. It was an altercation between two angry parents, each protecting their own offspring. The burning question remains. Want does Spur in the Glen do to ensure safety of children in the play area? Other Spurs have supervision. Give the community the full story.

  • March 23, 2017 at 11:08 am

    this taking the whole matter to far. nothing warrants death threats and harassment like this. this is a matter that took place in a restaurant and should never have been posted on the social media.
    just look how out of hand this has gotten, all of the people involved in this incident at the Spur and posting it on social media should be ashamed of themselves. the people that are now harassing innocent people and sending death threats are way out of line.


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