A South African doctor was charged with attempted murder after he opened fire on a 32-year-old mother at a public wedding because he was displeased with her skin complexion, The Citizen reports.
Dr. Sabelo Mhlomi appeared in court last week after witnesses, including the woman’s father, gave searing testimony to support that colorism was at the root of his hate towards the alleged victim, Keneilwe Mofokeng.
According to the outlet, Pastor Tom Mofokeng recounted the horrific incident which took place at a wedding in May. Mofokeng explained that Mhlomi approached Keneilwe and assumed that she was one of the servers at the event.
“When she told him she was also a guest waiting to be served, he flipped and said ‘you are dark and I do not like people who are too black’. Basically, in the times we live in, he meant ‘you are not a yellow bone’,” Mofokeng said.
After Mhlomi was reprimanded by other guests at the wedding over his behavior, Mofokeng said he continued to comment on his daughter’s complexion.
According to Mofokeng, Mhlomi suddenly pulled out a gun and fired at Keneilwe, striking her in the abdomen. All of this took place in front of her 12-year-old son.
“He waited for her to walk out of the marquee and repeated his earlier utterances. This time he pulled out a gun and opened fire at my daughter. She was hit in the stomach and the incident was caught on CCTV,” he said.
Keneilwe spent a week in the hospital recovering from her wound, while authorities located for Mhlomi who reportedly fled the scene directly after.
The family contends that Mhlomi offered money to cover up his despicable act.
“He was not genuinely sorry for his actions. The fact that he offered us money instead of apologising sincerely and explaining why he did what he did shows that he believes his money will get him out of any situation,” Mofokeng continued.
An unnamed police officer who spoke to the outlet said the case had been “postponed” and “remanded.” Hopefully the young woman will see her turn at justice.