Video leaves family red in the face Son ‘grounded’ by father

2014-10-21 00:00

THE father of self-proclaimed gangster “Chicky Lamba” said he had effectively grounded his son and removed his phone after YouTube footage showed his son allegedly assaulting a love rival.

The video went viral last week bringing shame on their family, prominent Pretoria businessman Osman Carrim said yesterday.

Video clips appear to show Carrim’s son Shakeel, who referred to himself as “Chicky Lamba”, and two others assaulting Durban businessman Aadil Osman.

Shakeel is accused of luring Aadil into a car in Pretoria, where the beating took place, and now faces criminal charges.

Osman Carrim broke ranks, saying he had been advised to avoid speaking to the press.

“He [Shakeel] is depressed about this and has been highly stressed,” he said.

Carrim said the incident had placed their family “under strain”.

“We’re from a reputable family and it doesn’t just affect us alone, but all of our extended family too,” he said.

He added he had been undergoing chemotherapy recently and did not have much energy left.

“I’ve been in and out of hospital and am constantly tired. I just can’t handle the pressure.”

He said he was only notified of the incident after the video went viral.

Carrim claims a message was sent to his son from Osman’s father Baboo, apologising for what had happened.

“I saw an SMS on my son’s phone ... I don’t know what has been going on since the video was released,” he said.

Carrim denied claims his son had released the footage to embarrass Aadil.

He said the actions of the three were unacceptable and said he didn’t understand why it was recorded.

He said he knew there was tension between his son and Aadil prior to the incident.

“I don’t know why Aadil introduced himself to my son the night before the incident, knowing their differences,” he said.

Clinical psychologist Yolanda Sing said both the accused and the victim would both be impacted negatively because of the incident.

“The horror of remembering this will always come back to the victim and with the accused facing possible jail time, it would seriously affect him,” she said.

Laudium police spokesperson Captain Louise Steynberg said Shakeel Carrim was taken into police custody and questioned last week.

“The incident is currently being investigated and a court date is yet to be finalised,” she said.

Aadil could not be reached for comment.


The power of social media

The footage of the September incident, which shows Osman helpless at the hands of three men, was leaked on Facebook and has gone viral on several social media platforms.

The video has spawned hundreds of Chicky Lamba memes and parody videos.

Dedicated Chicky Lamba social media accounts have been created with thousands of followers.

Many of them have quotes taken from the video where the three claim to be members of the mafia.

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