A dramatic video has captured the moment South African road cyclist Nicholas Dlamini was roughly detained by rangers in a National Park – after which an X-ray showed he had broken his arm.
The footage was taken by a fellow cyclist and appears to begin with Dlamini pleading for the altercation to be videoed, before he is pushed against the side of a Table Mountain National Park vehicle and his arms are roughly pulled back.
The 24-year-old is then pushed into the back of the vehicle in the video which was posted on social media on Friday.
A statement from the park published online by Bicycling South Africa magazine said the cyclist “suffered a broken arm after he resisted arrest” and said a TMNP section ranger reported the cyclist had entered the area “without paying the conservative fee not showing proof of activity permits when requested”.
It continued: “the situation spiralled causing the suspect to injure himself during the ordeal.”
British cyclist Chris Froome shared the statement, posting an emoji of an embarrassed face and writing: “Apparently @nich_dlamini “injured himself”. Appalling @TableMountainNP”.
In an official team statement, NTT Pro Cycling said Dlamini suffered a “broken arm at the hands of SANParks official”.
They confirmed that an X-ray shows Dlamini has suffered a fracture of his left humerus and is undergoing a specialist consultation.
Douglas Ryder, team principal, said: “I was both devastated and appalled to see the video of Nicholas on social media.
“To watch a young man who I know so well in such unnecessary distress made me feel sick, to be honest. The way in which he was treated is simply not acceptable.”
The statement continued: “This is a major setback for the Capetonian who had been out on a training ride ahead of a hugely promising 2020 season.”
In 2019, Dlamini took part in his first Grand Tour, the Vuelta a Espana, and he was hopeful of being selected for Team South Africa at the next Olympic Games.
The statement added: “NTT Pro Cycling would like to be clear that we fully condemn violence in any form and are all highly distressed to see our teammate treated in this manner.”
It called for the officers involved to be subject to disciplinary procedures, a public apology to Dlamini and the person who took the video, as well as better engagement with the cycling community in Cape Town.
NTT Pro Cycling was the first-ever African cycling team to gain a WorldTour licence.