Mentally ill attacker now in Town Hill

2009-09-03 00:00

THE apparently mentally ill man who stabbed a woman and assaulted two other people on Monday is the same man who was beaten up by a mob in the Pietermaritzburg city centre on Tuesday.

The stabbing victim, Fikelephi Mtshali (55), is recovering from her wound at home in Mphophomeni.

Street vendors in Hoosen Hafajee (Berg) Street told The Witness that the man who attacked Mtshali returned on Tuesday and started harassing them.

“People became angry and started beating him,” one of the street vendors said.

The Health Department said yesterday that after he was treated at Northdale Hospital, he was transferred to Town Hill hospital for psychiatric observation.

The police said no case has been opened, although Mtshali said the police on the scene of the Monday attack took her details.

She told The Witness that she did not refuse to go to hospital, but wanted to gather her herbs for safekeeping. “I live by myself and I wanted to get home and inform my neighbours that I was going to hospital. When I got home, my neighbours took me to the clinic and an ambulance took me to hospital.”

At the hospital she was treated and the wound was stitched before she was released.

In a separate incident another vendor was allegedly assaulted by an apparently mentally ill man at the corner of Burger Street and Chief Albert Luthuli (Commercial) road on Tuesday morning.

Meanwhile, Sihle Mhlongo (20), the man who allegedly bludgeoned seven months’ pregnant Nompumelelo Ndlovu to death in Boom Street, appeared in court on Monday last week and the magistrate sent him for mental evaluation.

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