This is one of those ridiculous South African stories that saps my enthusiasm and decreases my hope for our so called "rainbow nation".
News24 reports that three men were killed (age 33, 40 and 57) and two critically injured in a brawl that begun after an argument about penis size between a group of white and Indian men in a Durban pub.
The incident alledgedly began in the pub's toilet after a man of Indian descent made a comment about the size of a white man's penis. The white man was using a urinal at the time of the comment.
The white man then returned to his friends and informed them about the comment. Insults were traded between the group of white and Indian men.
Five Indian men then left the pub and returned with firearms and opened fire on the group of white men.
Police said that the shooting was carried out with "precision style". Five men (two of whom are police officers) have been arrested as suspects in the shooting.
My f*cking head hurts just thinking about this incident.
Where is our ubuntu (African humanism)? Are we so damn cheap and uncivilized that lives can be lost because of the size of a racialized penis?
Was there not a point when any one of the men involved realized that the argument was bullsh*t and just dumb?
I'm running out of patience.
At times I feel it is useless to even try to understand. We were supposed to be so much more than the violent cesspool that is post-apartheid South Africa.
And yet we are not.
Five accused get bail. Two of the men are brothers and police officers. They used their service weapons in the shooting. The accused claim that they were racially harassed and physically assaulted by the white victims before the shooting.