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South African Filmmaker “pushed down stairs” by Airbnb host in Amsterdam | WATCH



Dutch media is reporting that a 47-year old man was arrested for allegedly assaulting South African filmmaker Sibahle Steve Nkumbi in Amsterdam.

Nkumbi was in Amsterdam with some of her colleagues to attend the opening of an exhibition by photographer Zanele Muholi.

The suspect is the landlord at the Airbnb address she and her friends were staying. They were scheduled to check out of the apartment at 11am but were still there after 12pm.

In a video posted on Instagram by Zanele, Nkumbi fell off the stairs during as the man dragged her out of the house.

In an interview after the incident, she said that no one was arguing with the landlord but were trying to reason with him, adding that they were already leaving the apartment.

She said he was verbally aggressive and that the attack was racially-motivated.

She said she had apologised at the time for staying an hour over the check-out time.

Nkumbi said he referred to their group as “you people” and said “You need to leave now, this is not Africa”.

“When I got close, he couldn’t resist the opportunity to grab me. And the way he grabbed me, I knew he was going to throw me down there. I lost grip of the wall and that is when I flew down,” she said.

Nkumbi, who is studying in Bern, Switzerland, suffered a concussion, bump on the head and various bruises.

According to News24, spokesperson of Netherland’s Public Prosecution service Evert Boerstra said the man was suspected of “poging doodslag“, or attempted manslaughter.

Boerstra said the case is still under investigation, adding that the suspect was released on Sunday. The incident occurred on Saturday, July 8.

A statement by Airbnb’s Director of Diversity & Belonging David King said:

Appalling and unconscionable behaviour against members of our community runs counter to everything Airbnb stands for. Our CEO Brian Chesky and I are reaching out to the affected guests.

We will take the strongest actions we can against such abhorrent conduct, including banning people for life from our platform and assisting law enforcement with their investigation and potential prosecution. Nobody should ever be treated like this and it will not be tolerated.

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  1. Sly

    July 12, 2017 at 12:31 am

    The white guy got what he deserved

  2. amaa

    July 12, 2017 at 3:33 am

    With globalization you would think that people would be civil to each other. It’s obvious that this was racially motivated . All he needed to do was charge them for the extra hours they stayed if indeed they broke the terms of their agreement. He couldn’t stand them and he should how racist he is. My PHC people will sing”landlord travel and see”. Loosely translated traveling is the best form of education. They sit in that little town of theirs school there marry there and raise their kids there what do you expect clos

    • Bella

      July 12, 2017 at 10:52 am

      i agree with your comment 1000 percent, a business man would have charged for the delayed check out – just as most hotels and all other normal accommodation entities do, all this was way too extra and so not necessary! the guy is a racist period!! and they should ban his accommodation and rebuke his membership!! “You people indeed!!!

  3. Me

    July 12, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    He had no right whatsoever to put his hands on her.
    However, we black people too should borrow ourselves some sense. Why checkout late? An hour late for that matter! what if he had other guests? We black people should not carry our stupid ‘african timing’ ish abroad o.

    • Le coco

      July 12, 2017 at 1:34 pm

      SHE ACKNOWLEDGED SHE WAS LATE.. doesn’t justify pushing someone down the stairs

  4. nene

    July 12, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    this is terrible. why do that?

  5. nene

    July 12, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    not a fan of AIRBNB. There are hotels, why stay on private property? if this was a hotel they would just charge you extra unless they are fully booked. 1 hour is not that bad. I don’t know if this was racism, because i’m sure he knew his visitors were from Africa. He could’ve rejected them staying at his residence.

  6. roggie norrie

    July 14, 2017 at 5:12 am

    Um: why is “pushed down stairs” in quotes?! the crime is on film. talk about “white privilege”.

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