Cape Town - A Kenilworth swimming school owner and well-known cyclist was arrested this week after he allegedly beat up a middle-aged domestic worker in broad daylight – without the two ever having met or even exchanged a single word – then excused his behaviour by saying he had believed she was a prostitute.
A shocked and traumatised Cynthia Joni, 44, of Khayelitsha, said she was on her way to work in Kenilworth on October 2 when an unknown man leapt from his car and slapped her repeatedly, then threw her to the ground, without any explanation.
He was traced after people in the neighbourhood responded to her screams, and took down his registration number.
Her alleged attacker was later identified as local swimming coach Tim Osrin. He made a brief appearance in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday on a charge of assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm. The case was postponed to November 27.
Osrin, 41, who is a committed member of the neighbourhood’s “security committee” and lives close to where the incident took place in upper Kenilworth, claimed he had assaulted Joni because he had mistaken her for a prostitute.
Weekend Argus was alerted to the case when one of Joni’s employers, Sheila Wilson, posted on Facebook that her domestic worker had been attacked. Wilson described the assault as “a hate crime in the middle of suburbia”.
Joni, a single mother of two children and a grandmother of three, told Weekend Argus the incident took place on October 2 after 9am. She had been walking from Harfield Road station to the home of another of her employers, Iain Anderson. As she turned left into Greenfield Road, a man drove towards her from the opposite direction, swerved to a halt, got out of his car and started striding towards her.
“He got out of the car and came straight up to me and just klapped me. Then he kicked me hard and I fell down.”
“He hit me hard on my arms and legs. I fell hard on to the ground. My joints are all still sore – two weeks later.”
“Each time I would fall to the ground, he would pick me up again and throw me hard down again.”
“My shirt was ripped and the buttons came off it. I still have an (open) wound on my elbow.”
After hitting her, he left.
“Then I started panicking. I thought he was going to get something out of the car and come back,” Joni said.
“That was when I started screaming … and a few people came out of the houses nearby. One of them was a man called Bernard.”
“Another was a woman who I had been walking with from the station. She ran back to find out what was going on. By that time I was crying and crying.”
Joni said Bernard took down the man’s number plate, which contained the word SWIM.
He had shouted to the driver, who had yelled back that Joni was “a criminal”, before racing off.
Joni opened a case at the Claremont Police Station on October 6, after being told she needed a medical report.
On Tuesday the woman officer she dealt with called her to say they had “found that man”.
Joni learnt later that Osrin had called her employer “Anderson” to ask whether he could meet her to apologise, and to explain that he had thought she was a prostitute.
“I said, no. I am not ready for that now… He thought I was a prostitute because this is the place where prostitutes walk. He embarrassed me. He took my dignity away,” Joni said.
On Wednesday a pale and exhausted-looking Osrin, 41, told the court he would have legal representation when he appeared again next month.
During an adjournment, he told Weekend Argus he had wanted to speak to Joni to tell his side of the story, but had “not been given the chance”.
He was not sure “why I am being victimised”.
The married father of two, who lives close to where the attack on Joni took place, described himself as a “clean-living guy who loves sport, and who is completely involved in my community”. He also said he had never hit anyone before, and was prepared to face the consequences of his actions.
“It has never even crossed my mind to hit a prostitute,” he added.
“I hate people thinking that I am a monster because of this … I am not sure why Cynthia has trumped up all sorts of injuries either. I can only think she is going for some sort of payment, where she can leverage some cash…
“She’s probably thinking, ‘this white guy slapped me, great … here comes my Christmas box’. People do these things, you know.”
Veering between anger and remorse, Osrin at first categorically denied hitting Joni, but later said he had “felt terrible” afterwards.
He first said: “No, I did not beat her up. I promise you that. Hearing what she claims I did to her makes it sound so terrible…”
But then he added: “I just slapped her once … and she did fall to the ground. She fell awkwardly and if she sustained any wound it would have been from falling. I picked her up afterwards as she had started wailing…” said Osrin.
His neighbourhood was “full of prostitutes”, he said.
“I thought she was a prostitute. She was walking in the street at ten to ten in the morning. I told her to get out of my street and she laughed, and I thought she was giving me the finger again. For four years these prostitutes have been giving us the finger.”
Osrin alleged further that prostitutes in the area “flash their genitals at our kids, they lift their shirts and show the kids their boobs”.
He said that after the incident he had seen a WhatsApp message from Anderson saying that his domestic worker had been beaten up.
“I phoned him and said it was me. I felt terrible the whole day,” Osrin added.
“I just want people to know the truth, where I was coming from and what led to the emotional meltdown. It was not a racist or gender thing … nothing like that.
“I just snapped. It is a result of the years of stress of having these people in our area.
“I only hope some people will understand. I don’t expect forgiveness. I know I did the wrong thing. I am here at court to face the whole thing and I will accept what happens.”
This white man really said his reason for beating up this Black woman is that he thought she was a prostitute, as if that makes it fine. He says it so casually, like beating up a sex worker is justifiable. She’s a domestic worker going to work to clean homes and this asshole jumps out of his car to beat her up. This man saw a Black woman in his neighborhood and flew into a rage. Her mere existence put him over the edge. Despite beating the poor woman up, this guy thinks he’s the one being victimized because he’s white. That’s a synopsis of race relations in a nutshell.
"I admit to beating up a woman, but it’s ok because I thought was a prostitute. Well, she’s probably lying about being hurt because she’s Black. Why do so many people think I’m a monster?"
I actually let out a pleased little squeak when I saw this because ohhh man, that is beautiful.
This is why I never mess with fandoms. I’ll watch and enjoy a show, but fandoms are fucking toxic. They invariably become a breeding ground for the kinds of bitter people who loudly resent “SJWs” because damn near every community large enough will inevitably reach a critical mass of those assholes…
There’s actually a bunch of shows that friends of mine have recommended to me very highly, that sound like the kind of things I’d be into, but the I encountered the fandoms first and they’re intensely and incredibly toxic. So I just NOPE away, not wanting to get involved in that AT ALL.
Which is like the total opposite of what fandom should be, what fandom CAN be. It’s really depressing.
TODDLERS & TIARAS | 1899 | THE BLACK VICTORIANS
Full length portrait of an unidentified a young African American girl wearing a formal white princess gown with gloves. Daniel Murray, photographer. 1899
"At Rio Americano High School in Sacramento CA, a student named Dejza, was violently assaulted by a vice principal, Matt Collier, for attempting to take back a piece of art with a political message that the administration didn’t like. She was put in a chokehold and slammed against the desk. When she tried to resist this unlawful abuse of authority, she was slammed and held onto the ground. Matt Collier laid on top of her, crushing her with his weight. Dejza could not breathe, and begged Collier to get off of her. Luckily, another faculty member came in and ended the situation. Dejza went to see a doctor for severe whiplash, and yesterday was her first day of physical therapy. Despite this being blatantly wrong and illegal, the administration has put her on suspension for resisting, and Collier was not disciplined. On the fifth day of her suspension, she will attend a meeting held by bias members of the administration to determine if she will be expelled.
They have tried to silence anyone who speaks out on social media, but today we have gathered in person for a silent sit-in protest.
Dejza has been wronged, and brutalized, and now she is receiving punishment. They’ve tried to silence her. They’ve tried to silence us.” -Grant Wright
One of my friends Grant posted this on facebook and even though im not in Sacramento I want to help. This girl has been mistreated by a full grown man who may never be punished. I want to help spread awareness. So please, spread this around. Let people know that this is NOT okay. The more support we have, the better.
i’m so proud to have been a part of this today but you guys please please please please reblog/spread this around any way you possibly can it’s so important and her story needs to be heard by people outside of our city because what this man did is so so so incredibly far from okay
arrest Matt Collier. protect and redeem Dejza.
This is so incredible. This post was at 14,000-something notes less than a minute ago and now it’s reached over 15,200. I think I speak on the behalf of all of our student body at Rio Americano when I say can’t begin to explain how grateful I am for each and every person who helped spread the word about this.also, if you have a twitter, you can follow/retweetthis account hereto read the full story and spread the word further. Thanks so much ❤️
like obviously i cant tell you what to do but like if you find yourself thinking “hm maybe i should dedicate a significant portion of my time and energy using blizzard’s official models to create numerous depictions of extreme sexual violence against women and then profit off of this absolute bullshit by exploiting a crowdfunding site. this is a fantastic idea” then i implore you to fucking stop and perhaps do something constructive and not terrible w/ ur life
I cannot believe Curvy Kate’s audacity to outright steal the work of a high school student for some insipid marketing message.
Shame on you, Curvy Kate. Shame on you.
Original image via: Rosea Posey
SIGNAL BOOST RIP THEM A NEW ONE TUMBLR!
IT’S NOT EVEN A THING YOU SHOULD MARKET
NOT ONLY DID YOU STEAL THE GIRL’S WORK
YOU FUCKING HAD NO IDEA WHAT SHE WAS TRYING TO SAY
THEY COMPLETELY RUINED HER MESSAGE AND TURNED IT UPSIDE DOWN. WHAT THE FUCK. WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK I’M SO FUCKING MAD
A parody of course of the famous "Le Chat Noir" poster by Rodolphe Salis.
Will be available as a poster at Anime Expo! You can also purchase it online in my storenvy HERE.
I’m pretty sure this has been done before… I don’t care I’m doing it anyway cuz TOOTHLESS *dies of cuteness* (watch HTTYD2. DO IT. Do it NOW.) I’m also sorry if I butchered any French (THANKS teechew for correcting me so grateful aaaah) or the Viking symbols.
designing and animating a diverse cast of women is hard
translation: we’re afraid to make women look different and “ugly” by giving them emotions that aren’t cutesy and cuddly because that would give people the idea that they’re human and not dolls to sell for Disney profit
this post is back and 10x better
I FEEL LIKE PEOPLE ON TUMBLR NEED TO REMEMBER IT’S OKAY TO
- not be mentally ill
- have good grades
- to dislike reading
- have a happy family
- enjoy exercising/not enjoy exercising
- to have different opinion
- to reblog/not reblog certain posts
- to be a gay white boy
- to be a straight white boy
- to be a bisexual white girl
- (to be any race/gender/sexual orientation)
- to not like porn
- to not ship destiel
- to not be in a fandom
- to be in a happy relationship
People on tumblr need to remember that it’s okay to not be mentally ill???
Is this a joke.
Please tell me this is some satire.
In what world is it preferable to suffer mental illness? Will someone tell me, please? I’d very much like to go there.
Shall we have a translation of that nonsensical, irresponsible, frankly appalling and selfish statement?
Translation: Mental illness is just some fad that people are pretending to have in order to be cool on tumblr dot com.
To those people that apparently need to be reminded that it’s okay not to have a mental illness…
I am sure you will be able to get over your lack of internet cred on a blogging website, and if you could get over yourself for one second, you might think about how lovely it is for you to be able to, I don’t know, sleep, eat regularly, not cry all the time, not feel the need to self harm, not need tablets to function, not be belittled by society in general, not be considered an attention-seeker for speaking out or a liar for covering up.
This post is trash. Trash trash trash. There’s a nasty message hidden under that chirpy helpful tone. Don’t fall for it. Don’t.
I think the really pernicious thing here is that it brings up some relevant points in amongst the poisonous trash. Like the Destial thing, the not liking porn thing and the bisexual white girl thing (because that’s biphobia trying to pose as something else, like when men make white girl jokes about generically female things as an excuse to make misogynistic jokes).
A lot of what this post means is “don’t talk about your life, knowing you exist makes me uncomfortable.”
I completely agree. This sort of thing is clever bigotry, all dressed up as a feel-good post. It’s the most dangerous type.
LOL forever at “it’s ok to be a straight white boy” what the helllllllllll
I met this twerking, albino Raven named Pearl today. It is only one of four known albino Ravens in the whole world.
Pearl lives in this woman’s house. The handler has a permit, and the bird is property of the government (like hawks and falcons). She is affiliated with the California Wildlife Center. Every time the handler stopped petting Pearl she started cawing. She really likes affection.
okay but when you have holocaust survivors and people who were activists during the civil rights movement supporting mike brown and then KKK members and neo nazi’s supporting the officer you should be able to figure out which side is the right one.