Songbird Tina Mkwaiwa’s horror attack

2013-11-10 14:00

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Mkwaiwa accused of being ‘a man thief’

Songbird Tina Mkwaiwa believes she escaped death by the skin of her teeth after being attacked by a group of allegedly drunk people who accused her of being “a man thief”.

Tina, who is married to Mpumalanga businessman Prosper Mkwaiwa, was assaulted, pelted with stones and stabbed in the back with a broken beer bottle at the Big Five shisa nyama in Zithobeni township outside Bronkhorstspruit last Sunday.

She was rushed to a private clinic, treated and discharged the same day.

An eyewitness said Tina was stepping out of a black Mercedes to promote her new single at the venue when a woman known only as Mercy confronted her and accused her of being a “yellow bone” (a light-skinned woman) who snatches men from their partners.

“This woman then slapped her several times in the face and Tina fought back. But other people who were drinking with [Mercy] joined in and helped her to attack Tina,” the eyewitness told City Press.

“They pelted her with stones and one woman stabbed her with a broken beer bottle in the back as she was running towards her car.”

Tina confirmed the attack.

“Eish! Bangiyezele masimba labantu tjo! (They showed me shit those people!),” she said.

“I’m lucky to be alive. Those people would have killed me if some people who sympathised with me did not come to my rescue,” she said, fighting to hold back tears.

“She [Mercy] said to me I’m this ‘yellow bone’ from Jozi who came to Bronkhorstspruit to steal their men. I did not even have an opportunity to ask her what she was talking about when she attacked me.

“Her friends joined her and attacked me when I fought back in self-defence. They threw stones at me and one of them stabbed me in the back when I was running towards my car.

“Whose man did I steal? I did not steal anyone’s man.”

Tina said the group also threw stones at her car as she was driving away from the shisa nyama.

“They damaged it. I opened a case of assault GBH [grievous bodily harm] and malicious damage to property, and the law must take its course,” she said.

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