SA’s Lindani Myeni was killed by US racism. It’s that simple

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SA’s Lindani Myeni was killed by US racism. It’s that simple

In three weeks US cops have killed 64 people, more than half black and Latino

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There is a beautiful picture of Lindani Myeni and his family doing the rounds on social media. He is sitting next to his wife, the sea and a mountain rising up behind them, their two children nestled on their knees. Myeni is smiling beatifically, looking at peace with himself, his family and the world.

There are other pictures of him on social media. The rugby player in a tuxedo, his handsome face lighting up the world around him. Friends from KwaZulu-Natal have been posting memories and pictures of him too: the gentle man, the fervent Christian, the sportsman. In one series of pictures, his wife says: “He was gentle and loving and the best father and husband I could’ve asked for.”

Last Thursday police in Honolulu, the capital of the US state of Hawaii, were called to a home where a burglary was allegedly taking place. Myeni was sitting in his car outside the house. We know now that a fight took place between the three police officers on the scene and Myeni, who had been pointed out by the house owner as the person who had earlier allegedly walked into the house, sat down and taken his shoes off. Three police officers against one man. They did not identify themselves. They shone a torch in his eyes. They tasered him, shot him and killed him...

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