WATCH: Actor Kabomo speaks out about stereotypes surrounding men in South Africa

2019-01-29 15:35
Kabomo. (Photo: Gallo Images)
Kabomo. (Photo: Gallo Images)

Actor and Musician Kabomo was left sad after he could not help a lady that was in need during the thunderstorm that ripped through the city of Johannesburg on Sunday.

The musician took to Instagram to voice out that he hates being a South African man at the moment after he was caught up in the storm along with several other people in the city and wanted to offer help to some of the people who were stranded.

But when he offered a lady a lift to her destination she allegedly refused out of fear that he would harm her.

The musician spoke out about how the stereotypes surrounding South African men is affecting them as men because it barricades them from helping women when they are in need,

"If there was ever a reason to hate being a black South African man, for me, it is tonight. It is dark outside. It is raining. I see a lady being rained on, hard. Now, if I stop and offer her a lift, I am bringing fear to her. Because if a black man stops for a sister at night, it means that she is risking herself of being murdered or raped or being burnt alive. I can't even stop for a sister because I know what that means,” the musician said.

As much as the musician was sad that he could not assist the lady that was in need during the thunderstorm on Sunday he said he was glad that the woman was cautious enough about her safety and knew the risks of getting into a car with a stranger, 

“A part of me is glad because she knew what that risk is, but it also sucks that we cannot help our own people when it’s raining, because a person who looks like me represents being raped, being burnt or being killed,” Kabamo said.

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Several other artist in the music industry shared Kabomo’s sentiments one of which was Mpumi Somandla who commented under the video on Instagram and said, 

“It sucks. We live in fear of people that are supposed to be our kings, our brothers and our protectors. We are supposed to run towards black men when we are in danger but we run away from them because they are the danger."