“My life is a living hell’

2017-07-13 06:00
Masibulele Dyubele wants to clear his name after a picture that depicts him went viral. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

Masibulele Dyubele wants to clear his name after a picture that depicts him went viral. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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Masibulele Dyubele from Marcus Garvey is living in fear after a picture accusing him of abducting women and selling their body parts went viral on social networks.

Dyubele, 20, was shocked when friends told him that an image of his was making rounds on Whatsapp, accompanied by a message that women should be on the lookout for him as he was a human trafficker.

Philippi East police spokesperson Captain Bheki Xulu said that a case of crimen injuria is being investigated.

His days of hell began the moment “A fellow congregant showed me the picture and told me that many other people have seen it and they were asking him questions about it.”

“I was so shocked and confused because that is a picture I uploaded online last year and ofcourse I didn’t do such a thing,” he said.

The image had a caption in isiXhosa which read: “Be aware of this person. Lo nguMasibulele Dyubele usebenzisana nabantu abathengisa iiparts zomzimba. He looks very innocent and uthetha kamnandi. Ufika ngathi ngumntu okuxelela ngecawe akumeme akunike number yakhe ukwenzela akukhawulele ngemoto kanti uhamba nawe uyokuthengisa ngawe”.

Loosely translated the caption says that Dyubeni is a human trafficker that lures women in order to sell their body parts.

Dyubele said that he has no idea who started the hoax but it has made his life unbearable as he is constantly living fear.

“I lock myself in the house because I’m afraid that there might be people who believe this and may want to hurt me. When I leave the house I go to the library or places where I am well know in.

Human trafficking is a real pain for many people and these hoax people are playing with people’s emotions. They are also playing with my life because you never know who will take this thing seriously,” he said.

Dyubele said that he didn’t even have a car and that he was a first year emergency medical services student at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

“I then went to open a case at the Philippi East Police Station but they refused to open a case as they didn’t know what the charge would be.

Later, another friend took me to the Nyanga police station where investigators there told me that there was a case and referred me back to the Philippi East station,” he said.

Dyubele said that he wishes that his name can be cleared and that the people behind such hoax can realised that this is a serious matter.

“The damage has already been done to my image my only hope is that people should stop doing this to people. That person could be killed or if that person is not strong as me they would have committed suicide,” he said.

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