Actor viciously assaulted by gang members after appearing in lauded local movie

A local actor who starred in Noem My Skollie was pushed around and assaulted at a popular Cape Town hangout by gang members who were apparently really upset about the lauded local film.

David Manuel soos hy in die fliek as Gums verskyn. Foto: Noem My Skollie-Facebook.

David Manuel as he appeared in the film, portraying Gums.
PHOTO: Noem My Skollie Facebook page

A video of the incident, which happened outside of Mzoli’s in Gugulethu, shows how David Manuel defends himself.

The video of the incident was shared more than 5000 times on Facebook.

David took on the role of gang leader Gums in Noem My Skollie and visited Pollsmoor prison, where the film was shot, more than once.

“It’s not about the eights,” says David in the video, which has gone viral. One of the men also threaten him: “We’re gonna take you with us. We’re gonna pile you in!”

The man can also be heard saying to David: “You made a k*k of the eights!”


By ‘eights’ they mean the 28’s, a notorious gang in Cape Town. Noem my Skollie tells the story of a small group of friends who start a gang in the Mother City during the 60’s. When two of them are locked up the one starts telling stories from prison.

It’s inspired by true events.

The movie is South Africa’s official submission for the sought after Academy Awards.

John Fredericks, the script writer, told Netwerk24 that the film was shown to prisoners in Pollsmoor before its release and none of them took exception to it.

“Men with high ranks sat with tears in their eyes. Not one of them came to me and said they had a problem with the movie.”

Watch the trailer for Noem my Skollie here: