South African youth’s near-death experience after dancing with white woman sparks Twitter movement

Farida Dawkins February 02, 2018
Image of victim Mthunzi credit: Sunday Times

21-year-old Mthunzi Sibuyi was at a bar on January 6 celebrating with friends when he was attacked for dancing with a white partygoer.  A witness and companion of Sibuyi recalled how Sibuyi was harassed by an older white man and his sons.

Apparently, the man was irritated at the site of a black and white person interacting on the dance floor.  The older White man was documented as saying “K***irs [local racial swear] getting too comfortable with the white girls!”

Sibuyi’s unnamed friend recounted in an online post how the older man and his sons began to physically attack Sibuyi and his group of friends. “[He] and his sons kept on pushing us around on the dance floor and being unnecessary and sexually harassing the girls that were with us up to the point where we all decided to leave because they were making the night unpleasant for everyone.” The post goes on to explain “and, without any provocation from any of us, he took a cheap shot and assaulted Mthunzi.

Sibuyi sustained bleeding on his brain and was admitted to the ICU. He sustained serious injuries due to a hard hit on the concrete ground.

As of January 10, Sibuyi was released from the hospital according to his uncle, Mandla Mabuza. Mabuza stated “He’s sleeping at home now, but he will have to go back to the doctor for check-ups next week. He may also need some counselling, I have respect for the love and support shown to my family. As a family, we are humbled and grateful.”

On January 11, the suspect was apprehended by the Witbank police according to Witbank news.

Individuals on Twitter expressed their disdain for the brutal beating with the hashtag #JusticeForMthunzi. Here are some responses:

Last Edited by:Ismail Akwei Updated: September 15, 2018


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