Joburg car dealership closed after alleged assault on two boys

Raltar Auto in De Deur where Sibusiso and Ryan were allegedly assaulted.

  • Car dealership owner Bilal Ismail appeared in Vereeniging District Court on charges of kidnapping, murder and attempted murder.
  • Two boys, 9 and 12, were allegedly assaulted at the dealership and dumped in Meyerton.
  • One boy died and the other was injured.

As a Johannesburg car dealer appeared in court, the workspace where he allegedly assaulted a 12-year-old boy and his friend was being cleared out.

Ryan Ivor Swayze, 12, died of his injuries and his friend, Sibusiso Zwane, 9, was taken to hospital for treatment.

De Deur dealership owner Bilal Ismail, 39, appeared in Vereeniging District Court on Friday for murder, attempted murder and kidnapping. His family, surrounded by armed guards, refused to speak to News24.

It is alleged that the two boys were assaulted after they were found inside the compound and then dumped in an open field in Meyerton.

When News24 visited his car dealership, workers were cleaning equipment. The workers, who asked to remain anonymous, said the owner kicked out the dealership after the incident.

They told News24 that Ismail and his employees believe the two boys helped a gang steal two Toyota Quantum vehicles on the day of the incident.

“…three guys picked up the two boys from the side of the road and persuaded them to take…the [vehicles’] office keys. The guys broke down the door and used the boys to enter through the small office window and get the keys to the Quantums.

“As they drove out they were confronted by a security guard. They fled the scene, leaving Ryan and Sibusiso behind.”

The office where it is believed the car keys were stored.

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The golf club head that was found inside the dealer’s yard and which sources say was used to assault Ryan and Sibusiso.

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The golf club head that was found inside the dealer’s yard and which sources say was used to assault Ryan and Sibusiso.

It was then that Ismail and his employees allegedly assaulted the boys.

“They beat the kid until one of them apparently died. I’m scared man because my brother works here.”

The workers showed News24 the golf club that was allegedly used to assault the boys.

Gauteng Police spokesman Colonel Dimakatso Sello said: “The two boys aged 9 and 12 were found beaten badly by bystanders in Meyerton. It is alleged that the boys were found in a concession yard. They were assaulted and thrown [in] Meyerton…”


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