Man held for attacking wife

2015-06-30 06:00

A 34-year-old man remains in custody after a brutal attack on a 33-year-old mother in Hyde Park last week.

The woman was left fighting for her life, a result of suspected domestic violence. Her family found her in a pool of blood in the early hours of Sunday 21 June.

Officials confirm that the local police were alerted to a domestic violence incident and rushed to the Hyde Park home.

She was found half-naked in the living room while her children slept in one of the bedrooms. The woman had reportedly been assaulted, with her eyes gouged out. A medical examination later revealed that she had not been raped.

She remains in a critical condition in hospital.

It is believed that the woman’s husband is responsible for the attack.

Major-General Abraham Goss, commander of the Mitchell’s Plain police cluster, said the woman’s husband handed himself over to the police on Monday last week. “He knew we were looking for him.”

A case of attempted murder is being investigated.

“No motive has been communicated to us yet. We believe he attempted to rape his wife but failed to do so and then gouged out her eyes,” he says.

The man appeared in the Mitchell’s Plain Magistrate’s Court on a charge of attempted murder on Wednesday last week. He walked in to the courtroom smiling.

Goss says the case is not with the sexual assault unit, but rather with the Mitchell’s Plain police as an attempted murder investigation.

The man is currently at Pollsmoor prison, awaiting his bail hearing on 4 August.

Mitchell’s Plain Community Police Forum chairperson Abie Isaacs says the Forum was alerted by a local subforum member via social media.

“The message we received is also that it could possibly be the husband who is responsible for the incident,” he says.

He urges residents to come forward and report domestic violence before it escalates.

“Statistics will show that in Mitchell’s Plain domestic violence is more prevalent than gang violence or any other crimes. It is important that victims come forward when they first experience emotional or financial abuse,” he says.

Isaacs adds that it is important for religious leaders to become involved in combatting domestic violence since victims often turn to their priests or imams first.

“The police only get involved when the abuse gets physical,” Isaacs says.

This does not mean nothing can be done.Victims should go to the courts to get interdicts before the abuse turns violent, says Isaacs.

Mymoena Sonday from the Mitchell’s Plain Network Opposing Abuse says there are several reasons why victims don’t report abuse.
“Reasons include that she loves him too much, is dependent on him, has religious beliefs that prohibits it, status, shame and pride,” she says.

Sonday agrees, however, that women should familiarise themselves with different kinds of abuse.

She encourages women to speak out. “Do not provoke the abuser if you know he is aggressive and beware of mind games. Don’t feel guilty. It is your right to make a mistake, it’s your right to not be perfect, but ultimately it is your right to be happy,” she says.

The organisation hosts a weekly support group meeting for victims of abuse at the Beaconvale Frail Care Centre on Tuesdays from 10:00 to noon. Call 021 376 4788 or email

Residents who can help the police in their investigation are urged to contact investigating officials on 08600 10111.

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