Former girlfriend says that she fears for her life. People’s poet and musician Mzwakhe Mbuli may add another criminal record to his album of offences after he allegedly baptised his ex-girlfriend Ziphelele Mbambo’s car with red paint on New Year’s Eve. Mbambo dumped Mbuli like a volcano spewing fresh lava after he allegedly accused her of cheating on him and then physically attacked her last November. She already had a protection order against him because of this. A friend of Mbambo’s, who did not want to be named, said Mbuli scaled the security fence of her house in Vosloorus and poured red paint on her black Renault Megane. “She heard some funny noises when she was in bed at night, but did not get up or call her relatives because she was not expecting anything to happen to her car,” said the friend. The friend said that Mbambo got the shock of her life when she was greeted by red paint all over the windscreen and car when she woke up in the morning. “She immediately rushed to the police station and reported a case of malicious damage to property against Mzwakhe,” said the friend. The friend said Mbambo, who works for SAA as a flight attendant, told the police she suspected Mbuli had vandalised her car. This was because the incident happened a day after he refused to sign the protection order she had obtained against him. The friend said Mbambo, who was accompanied by the police, went to Mbuli’s house in Mondeor, south of Johannesburg, and tried in vain to serve him with the protection order she had obtained in November. “He refused to open the gate for her and the police who accompanied her there to serve him with the order,” said the friend. The friend said that Mbambo now fears for her life. “She has moved out of her house and is staying with a friend in Johannesburg. Neither Mbuli nor Mbambo could be reached for comment at the time of going to press, despite repeated attempts to contact them both. Gauteng police spokesperson Captain Doniah Mothutsane confirmed that Mbambo had opened a case of malicious damage to property against Mbuli, but said no arrests had been made yet. “The complainant woke up in the morning and found her car smeared with paint. She suspected that the alleged suspect might be responsible for that, but no one came foward to give a witness statement,” Mothutsane said. She said the matter had now been referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions to decide whether to take the matter to court.