‘Monkey brawlers’ behind bars

2011-09-17 00:00

POLICE have arrested two brothers suspected to have been involved in the attack on Zambian UKZN student Likando Mbumwae (22).

The brothers, aged 21 and 23, were arrested yesterday in connection with the brutal assault of Mbumwae outside Crowded House club in the early hours of Friday, September 2. The beating was preceded by racial taunting of Mbumwae and his friend, an American woman.

Weekend Witness was reliably informed that the two “huge” brothers, who cannot be named until they appear in court, are weight lifters.

The younger brother also plays rugby for Maritzburg Varsity.

The Witness reported yesterday that Mbumwae was with a friend, a white American woman, who is still shocked and disturbed by the incident.

As they left the club, a man approached and allegedly told the woman she was too good for Mbumwae.

Mbumwae asked why and was told it was because he is black.

Mbumwae alleged that the men continued taunting him, calling him a k****r and a monkey, and his friend a “monkey lover”.

The pair tried to board a waiting taxi, but Mbumwae was grabbed and assaulted with fists and feet by several men.

The incident was captured on CCTV surveillance camera.

After he heard yesterday that the suspects had been arrested, Mbumwae was delighted.

“I don’t bear grudge on them, but they deserve what’s coming to them.

“We cannot live in the past, neither must we suffer for sour relations between the old and new systems. These men deserve to be in jail if they can’t live side by side with people, irrespective of colour or race,” said Mbumwae.

He said his friend, who is also a student at UKZN, has decided to move to Durban for a while because of the incident.

The woman, however, said she was only visiting a friend in Durban for the weekend.

She said although she was shaken by the incident, she will finish her programme, which ends in December.

Crowded House management could not be reached for comment.

A man who answered the phone on Thursday said the manager would phone back, but he did not.

Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said the suspects were arrested yesterday and charged with assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

They will remain in custody over the weekend and will appear in court on Monday.


After yesterday’s arrests The Witness facebook page has been inundated with comments before and after the brothers were arrested yesterday, many from whites horrified at the attack.

Andile Mncube: “We congratulate the police for moving swiftly on this case. This incident is such an embarrassment to the city we are so proud of. I hope that it will bring justice for Likando.”

Louis Morvite Nondela: “Excellent!!!! The time is 16:05 and my hands are up in the air!!!”

Tracey Spires: “That’s just disgusting! How shameful. Enjoy your stay in jail!”

Samson Phakathi: “Those two morons are such an embarrassment to South Africans who are trying hard to end the divisions amongst races.”

Renee Cooper: What was the motive for the attack, without knowing it is hard to judge or understand. There are so many brutal attacks at shebeens and there is usually a stupid but viable reason

Before the arrests:

Ntyatyi Mna: “What is more surprising are the comments here trying to make as if racism was not the issue or that it is justified because of AA. HOW DISGUSTING!!!”

Victer Fokjou: “So if a black man calls a white man mlungu. do you not call that racist. only if all whites knew that it meant the scum of the earth.”

Shelley Bailey: “Just sounds like pure ignorance to me — they are the monkeys.”

Liana Allegra Barciela: “Can’t believe these kind of things still happen.”

Sifiso Mahlaba: “It’s the way SA is. I’m not surprised at all by what happened.”


Racist came in all colours!!!!! I WILL teach MY kids not to be and that everyone got the same blood and same feelings !!!!! You have to teach your kids!!

RAJ JAY GOVENDER: Sick and disgusting. I can fully understand the anger of this young man. I just hope that the full might of the law prevails.

TIMOTHY DALE: Stories always have three sides to them! Yours, mine and the truth... But its appalling that people can do that to another person!

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