FIVE white youths, arrested in connection with the brutal assault of a young black woman in Evander in Mpumalanga have been released on bail.
The five appeared in a packed Evander magistrate's court yesterday on a charge of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.
Two of the youths, aged 17, were released into the care of their parents while the other three were granted bail for R1000 each.
A 15-year-old was released shortly after they were arrested.
Evander police spokesperson Constable Sibusiso Mbuli said magistrate Danie Senekal postponed their case to July 9 for further investigation.
The youths allegedly attacked five black employees of Branden Village Pub in Evander as they were returning home from work on Saturday night. They chased the three women and two men at about 11pm and managed to apprehend Vuyokazi Mtsabe, 25, whom they severely assaulted.
Mtsabe, who has been working at the Branden Village Pub for a week, said it started after they were called "kaffirs" by the attackers, who said they did not want blacks in town.
"My colleagues managed to run away but the youths caught up with me and severely assaulted me. They punched, slapped and kicked me while I was lying on the ground," she said.
Mtsabe said she could recognise some of her attackers, adding that "one of my colleagues knew them".