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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

"This isn't Africa" - SA filmmaker Sibahle Nkumbi hospitalized after Airbnb landlord pushed her down stairs in late checkout dispute

A South African filmmaker, Sibahle Nkumbi, was hospitalized after she was pushed down the stairs by an enraged Airbnb landlord in Amsterdam. Nkumbi who is studying in Switzerland, was in Amsterdam to write an article about an art exhibit.

Narrating what happened, she said that she and her companions were running late in moving out of the rented apartment and their landlady came demanding they pack up their belongings and get out.


"She stated that this is not acceptable, you guys need to pack and leave now. And I was like, "Yes, give us a few minutes to pack". I apologized for us being late and stated that we are getting ready to leave. She came back a few minutes later with the husband and he was banging the door and extremely emotional."

Nkumbi claims she asked him why he was being so emotional, that they were about to leave. He however became abusive and said; 'you people' and 'this in not Africa.' Seeing how ‘emotional’ he was, she tried to leave quickly, thinking he would move out of the way to let her through. 
'When I got close enough to him, he couldn't resist the opportunity to grab me, and the way he grabbed me... I knew that he was gonna throw me down there,’ Nkumb recounted, also adding: 'As I'm resisting against the wall, he's trying to get me to his position and eventually I lost grip of the wall because it's a wall, there's nothing to hold on to. That's when I flew down, all the way down.’
She hit the ground hard and was motionless.
‘Flying down the stairs, I don’t remember, I passed out and woke up in hospital,’ Nkumbi said.
Realising what he did, a video shows that the landlord quickly walked down the stairs and called for someone to call an ambulance.


Nkumbi suffered a concussion and was bruised from the incident. She now wants the landlord held legally responsible for what happened to her, although she is skeptical it will ever happen. The filmmaker acknowledged that she and her friends were late to check out but insisted that she did nothing to deserve being treated in such a brutal manner. She insists that had she been white, things would have turned out differently.

Prosecutors were considering a charge of attempted murder but are still studying the facts. An Airbnb official released a statement for the company, which reads;
'Appalling and unconscionable behavior against members of our community runs counter to everything Airbnb stands for. 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.'
Watch the video below...

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank God for her life. Close shave. There is a video. This man should pay for this.

Vivian Reginalds said...

inukwa!
-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

B€£ said...

The landlord is a racist

Anonymous said...

Thank God for your life girl. Make sure sure you sue his ass and Airbnb asap.

sunshine folu said...

This is too bad, wish her quick recovery. The Landlord was so impatience maybe because of his mentality about Africa, nevertheless he should be prosecuted.

Anonymous said...

Why did she not leave at the right time? What if she had booked the same room for another person. If it is a hotel you pay for the extra hour shit woman.

Anonymous said...

Your so foolish. You have never been late in your life right? So she should be killed because she didn't leave on time. Your brain is fucked

Anonymous said...

@anonymous 14.17. so because she did not check out at the right time, she should be pushed down the stairs..please free yourself from this slavery mentality

Anonymous said...

Hmmm Oyibo doesnt have any reason to be violent with her but then, she thought it was Africa where people dont respect timelines. Airbnb in someones house, someone you dont even know, you think everyone is kind to strangers especially blacks. Ladies please be safe and dont expose yourselves cos bad people are all over the place. Next time learn how to check in with someone if you are not going to meet a timeline.

tony said...

I would've pushed them out from the windows not stairs. Arrogant idiots

Anonymous said...

Those stairs in Amsterdam are deadly. Almost vertical

AGB said...

The landlord should be sued & be punished heavily for his stupid behavior.

On the other hand, we need to learn in Nigeria & in extension, Africa that time is money. I keep seeing how we just think time isn't such a serious thing & it annoys me. 1 second after the chick's time to exit the apartment costs the landlord money.

Anonymous said...

I am an African who lets out property on Airbnb. The worst thing that can happen to you in this business is to let your property to Africans. They trash your property beyond recognition, leave with the tv snd other things they can grab or leave the property late thereby putting you under pressure in getting the accommodation ready for the next guests. I am not trying to legislate for the behaviour of this landlord but I am yet to meet any african guests that I didn't regret letting my property to. If you are a landlord on Airbnb, please don't let it out to Africans. It is not racism. They are not just civilized.

Anonymous said...

You are certainly not African. What you are is a certified self hater with a most limited vision. NMTA

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