Bouncers broke my jaw, claims student

2015-03-18 00:00

A UNIVERSITY of KwaZulu-Natal student had a steel plate fitted to his jaw after he was allegedly attacked by bouncers.

Bulelani Nkosi (24), a third-year accounting student at UKZN’s Pietermaritzburg campus, said he was assaulted by six bouncers at a touch rugby tournament at the Peter Booysen sports ground on Saturday, March 7.

Nkosi has laid a charge of common assault and is awaiting a report from his doctor to pursue a charge of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. The bouncers’ manager, whose name is known to The Witness, said the men used minimum force to escort Nkosi out of the bar area.

Nkosi, who had participated in the tournament, spent last week at St Anne’s hospital after undergoing surgery to fit a steel plate to support his fractured jaw.

Nkosi said a bouncer, who he is able to identify, denied him access to the VIP bar during the tournament’s after-party.

After exchanging insults with the bouncer, Nkosi went to the rear entrance of the bar. While purchasing his drinks, Nkosi said, the bouncer grabbed and placed him in a “head lock” before dragging him out.

Nkosi claimed that after an angry exchange of words, five more bouncers came up and grabbed him by the hands and legs and dragged him behind the bar. “I can’t remember it all because it happened so fast, but I do remember I was on my back at some stage,” Nkosi said.

The bouncers then allegedly attacked Nkosi, punching and kicking him while he lay helpless on the floor.

A UKZN official intervened before assisting Nkosi to his feet.

“I wasn’t there when it started, but when I saw what was going on, I stepped in,” the official said.

“Bulelani is definitely not a troublemaker.”

Nkosi then got on his bicycle and rode home, where he realised he could not speak because of a sharp pain in his jaw.

After calling an ambulance, he was transported to St Anne’s Hospital for treatment.

“The surgery was very painful, but I’m getting back to life now,” Nkosi said.

“I know I was also wrong for getting angry, but I find it disgusting that bouncers, who are employed to maintain the safety of the people around them, pose the biggest threat,” he said.

This week, Nkosi resumed his lectures and tutoring duties.

“This has ruined my studies and I’m working hard to catch up,” he said.

The bouncers’ manager said he was not present the evening of the alleged incident.

“I don’t know what happened, but my men said they did not assault anyone,” he said.

“The man [Nkosi] did not have a gold arm band for the VIP section, so they refused him entry. When they found out he had snuck in, they used minimum force to escort him out”.


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