Ernest Wolmarans
2 minute read
6 Oct 2014
11:10 am

SA boxer shot at music festival

Ernest Wolmarans

A professional South African boxer was one of the people shot at the Deep in the Woods deep house music festival in Alberton, east of Johannesburg, on Saturday, a private forensic investigator has revealed.

Jarred Silverman. Image courtesy Facebook

“Jarred Selwyn Silverman-Lebotschy was shot and seriously wounded in an altercation that took place at Meyer’s Farm,” Chad Thomas, an executive of IRS Forensic Investigations said in a statement yesterday.

He said that Silverman was in a critical, but stable condition.

According to boxing reference site, Silverman is ranked sixth in the country in the light-welterweight division, with a record of seven wins and three losses.

His last fight, according to the site, was against Andile Mtungwa at the Durban International Convention Centre – a fight that Silverman won by technical knockout.

Thomas said that “several” bystanders were also injured during the shooting.

Click here for details of the shooting.

Thomas said that although details were sketchy, an altercation between Silverman and two other men, and the subsequent shooting, came as a result of a long standing feud between Silverman and the Swartz families.


Thomas said he had been hired by the Silvermans about two months ago to investigate two previous altercations involving members of the opposing families.

“The two previous cases relate to an alleged assault that took place at Carnival City involving Silverman and Lloyd Swartz, and another incident where it was alleged that Silverman was attacked by Lloyd Swartz and his father Michael at a carwash in the Edenvale area.”

After the second assault, Thomas said that Silverman had to have surgery on his eye and sustained serious injuries to his hands and wrists after the two alleged attackers jumped repeatedly on his hands and wrists.

“According to witnesses, (they) were shouting that they would make sure that Silverman would never box professionally again,” said Thomas.


He said Silverman had opened a case with Edenvale police, and the Swartz family had laid counter charges for the alleged assault at Carnival City.

Although a comprehensive statement was provided together with the injury report and independent witness statements, no arrests were made in the car wash assault case opened by Silverman, Thomas said.

It was not clear what had sparked the claimed feud.

Thomas said that Saturday’s altercation was allegedly between Silverman and Lloyd Swartz’s brother – his name tentatively given as Bradley.

He added that after the shooting, SAPS and hospital security at Union Netcare Hospital were forced to intervene when Michael arrived at the hospital and allegedly threatened to kill Silverman’s mother Melissa, and aunts Carla and Lauren.

Thomas said that details of how the shooting occurred and who shot whom were under police investigation, and that he did not want to speculate.

“The family has requested that they be left alone at this time, but expressed their concern for the bystanders injured in the alleged crossfire,” Thomas said.

“We call upon everyone involved to keep calm and allow SAPS to proceed with their investigation.”