Mzwakhe Mbuli accused of assault – for third time

2013-12-08 10:00

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People’s Poet Mzwakhe Mbuli is in trouble again – this time after allegedly punching his girlfriend because he believed she was cheating on him.

Now the woman, who may not be named for legal reasons, has obtained a protection order against Mbuli.

The controversial poet is already embroiled in a bitter battle with his estranged second wife, Thembeka Ndaba, who has a domestic-violence case open against him.

Ndaba has accused Mbuli of kicking her out of their home, calling her a witch and refusing to let her take any of her belongings out of the house.

City Press has learnt that Mbuli’s girlfriend claims he assaulted her at her home in Vosloorus last Saturday and that the first alleged assault took place at the same house in November 2011.

One of the woman’s relatives, who spoke to City Press on condition of anonymity, said Mbuli arrived at the Vosloorus house on Saturday and demanded to see her.

This, the relative claimed, was after he had cut all ties with her for about two months.

He allegedly demanded to know why she had been ignoring him.

And when she allegedly told him she thought their relationship had fizzled out because they had not been in contact for two months, he pushed her into her car and punched her several times.

“He continued to beat her up even when she begged him to stop,” said the relative.

The relative said the woman managed to jump out of her car and run to the local police station, where she informed the police about the incident.

The police, said the relative, asked her to obtain a protection order after she refused to press criminal charges against him.

“They accompanied her back to her house and found him there. They then asked her to tell him in their presence what she wanted him to do and she told him that she wanted nothing to do with him. She also asked him to leave and never set his foot in her house again.”

She demanded he return her cellphone, which he’d taken during the scuffle. “He handed it over to her,” the relative said.

After he’d been escorted from her home by the police, the relative said, the woman discovered he’d allegedly removed her SIM card.

The relative claimed this was not the first time Mbuli had punched his girlfriend.

“He arrived at her house [in November 2011], took her cellphone and started checking her contact list. He phoned all her male contacts and demanded to know the kind of relationship they had with her. When she asked him why he was calling those people, he lost his cool and beat her up,” the relative alleged.

The couple split up then, but later reconciled after Mbuli allegedly apologised.

“But this time it is over for good,” the relative said.

Speaking to City Press outside the Boksburg Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, Mbuli’s girlfriend said: “Yes, I have obtained a protection order against Mzwakhe, but I can’t comment because I’m a private person and this is a private matter.

“Speak to him because he is the celebrity, not me.”

But attempts to get comment from Mbuli, either in person or through his lawyer, were unsuccessful.

In 2007, Mbuli was arrested and charged with domestic violence after his first wife, Nomsa Mbuli, alleged he’d dragged her around the garden of their Mondeor home “like a dog” for refusing to iron his clothes.

She later withdrew the case.

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