Air Bnb Host’s Vile Abuse Before Pushing Guest Down Stairs

by : Francesca Donovan on : 11 Jul 2017 08:44

An AirBnB host could face attempted murder charges after pushing a holidaymaker down the stairs.


The violent attack on South African filmmaker Sibahle Steve Nkumbi was captured on film and shared to Instagram, moments after an argument broke out due to Nkumbi and her three friends checking out late.

You can watch the disturbing footage below:

The video footage shows the unidentified man pushing Nkumbi down the stairs of an Amsterdam AirBnB headfirst. After the attack, the filmmaker can be seen lying motionless on the floor.


The landlord seems to realise the consequences of his violent outburst and calls for someone to call an ambulance. Nkumbi, who was in Amsterdam for an art exhibition, sustained bruising from the man allegedly grabbing her.

She said:

We knew that we were late and we heard a bell ring. We opened the door to this lady. She stated that this is not acceptable, you guys need to pack and leave now. And I was like, “Yes, give us a few minutes to pack and I apologised profusely for us being late and we were getting ready to leave”.

And that’s when she came back a few minutes later with the husband and he was banging the door. He was like, ‘Open up, open up, open up’ and then she opened and this guy was extremely emotional… I asked him why he was being so emotional, we are leaving.

As I’m resisting against the wall, he’s trying to get me to his position and eventually I lost grip of the wall because it’s a wall, there’s nothing to hold on to. That’s when I flew down, all the way down. Flying down the stairs, I don’t remember, I passed out and woke up in hospital.

Ms Nkumbi said the man then became ‘verbally abusive’ and said ‘you need to leave now, this is not Africa’. One of her companions, Muholi Zanele, has claimed this was a racially aggravated assault.

 David King, an AirBnB official, told MailOnline:

Appalling and unconscionable behaviour against members of our community runs counter to everything Airbnb stands for. 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.

You can watch Nkumbi discussing the alleged assault below:


Police said the alleged victim had been treated for her injuries in hospital and would press charges.

Prosecutors were considering a charge of attempted murder but are still studying the facts, an official from the prosecutors office told Reuters.

Francesca Donovan

A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you've never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.

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