A South African tourist was allegedly pushed down a flight of stairs in Amsterdam on Saturday for checking out ‘a few minutes late’.
In a video posted to Instagram by Zanele Muholi, a friend and colleague of the alleged victim, the Dutch Airbnb host can be seen pushing filmmaker Sibahle Nkumbi down the stairs.
Her panic-stricken friends come to her aid, but according to Muholi, she sustained bruises and internal injuries, ending up in hospital.
In a subsequent explanatory video posted to YouTube by Nkumbi, she says she believes the anger directed towards them was fueled by racism.
“I remembered asking, ‘Why are you being so emotional, we are leaving,” she says. Supposedly, the angry host called the outgoing guests “you people” and told Nkumbi “you are not the queen you think you are… this is not Africa”.
“I come from South Africa where you’d expect that because racism is visible,” she adds. “But to come here and get attacked like that, I didn’t expect that at all. I am actually quite disappointed... People are people.”
Likewise, Muholi also believes that the “violence on black bodies” was racist and also gender-based.
“Am so angry with this I couldn't even sleep,” she says on Instagram. “This is racism and can't be justified.”
Nkumbi says she woke up in hospital in pain, with a concussion and several bruises across her body, some of them caused by the Airbnb’s grip on her arms prior to the push.
Nkumbi adds that she knows her group was late in leaving the accommodation, but they were apologetic.
Airbnb’s Director of Diversity & Belonging, David King, says that such violence runs against everything Airbnb stands for.
“Our CEO Brian Chesky and I are reaching out to the affected guests,” he says in a widely-released statement. “We will take the strongest actions we can against such abhorrent conduct, including banning people for life from our platform and assisting law enforcement with their investigation and potential prosecution. Nobody should ever be treated like this and it will not be tolerated.”
According to Reuters, the Airbnb host could face attempted murder charges once evidence has been assessed.