South African Woman Claims She Was Beaten for Kissing Girlfriend
A 29-year-old woman from South Africa says she was brutally attacked at her work after she kissed her girlfriend, the South African online website, Independent Online reported.
Bonisiwe Mtshali was allegedly beaten to the point of unconsciousness by three security guards because she is a lesbian at the Carlton Centre, a skyscraper shopping mall located in downtown Johannesburg.
Mtshali kissed her girlfriend, Khanyish Ndoda, 21, goodbye before going to work.
"I accompany her to work every morning," Ndoda said. "And every morning I give her a goodbye kiss. But as we kissed that day, we heard these guys saying ’Some people will never reach heaven’ and shouting ’Voertsek’," an Afrikaans expression of dismissal or rejection.
Mtshali then confronted the group of men, who work as security guards in the Carlton Centre.
"I asked ’What did we do wrong? Why are you talking to us like that?" Mtshali said. "Then they started pulling my hair and beating me." She was then kicked, punched and pushed to the ground by the attackers. Her girlfriend was a witness to the incident.
"I was traumatized, I didn’t know what to do," Ndoda said. The website notes that a crowd gathered around the men beating Mtshali but no one broke up the attack.
"Then they took her (Mtshali) outside, onto the pavement," Ndoda said. "One of the guys said they couldn’t do everything they wanted to do inside the mall because there were cameras."
Ndoda begged the attackers to stop and said if they did anything wrong they would be fined or arrested.