‘A group of men who offered me a lift tried to rape me’ – Durban man tells his story

Local Sbusiso Msomi who nearly raped after accepting a lift.
Local Sbusiso Msomi who nearly raped after accepting a lift.
Sbusiso Msomi/ Instagram login

TW: This story contains details of rape and assault.

It was a the most terrifying night of his life and Sbu Msomi is still recovering from the trauma he endued when three men tried to rape him.

The 24-year-old from Durban was walking home from work when he was attacked.

“It was around 6pm when three men asked where I was going. I innocently answered and they offered me a lift,” Sbu tells Move!.

When he got into the car, he realised how drunk they were and he began to worry.

“Initially my worry was about safety, I thought about the possibility of getting into an accident because they were drunk. They then started complimenting me in a weird way, saying, ‘Good-looking men like me are the ones who take their girlfriends’. I thought it was a joke, so I laughed, then the driver stopped the car and asked, ‘Oh, so you find this funny?’”

Before he understood what was happening, things took a turn for the worst and Sbu was dragged out of the car and beaten up.

“While they dragged me out of the car, they slapped me and kicked me in the face. Two of the men then tried to take off my pants, and they did. They even took off my underwear. The one was undressing himself and getting ready to penetrate me. He tried inserting his penis but luckily before he did, they got interrupted by a group of people walking towards us,” an emotional Sbu explains.

That is how he escaped the ordeal. The men sped off and he was taken to hospital by a passer-by.  

“I couldn't stop thanking God. I can't imagine what would have happened if they didn't get interrupted.”

Sbu chose to share his story on social media because he wants this ordeal to not traumatise and imprison him.

Upon sharing it, he has received private messages from other men who have been raped but never reported it or talked about it. This, he says, has inspired him to advocate for male victims of rape through his platform.