Couple’s black Sunday

2013-04-18 00:00

A KWASWAYIMANE couple suffered a harrowing ordeal on Sunday night: the husband was stabbed in the stomach during an argument over beer; two hours later, while he was in hospital, his wife was raped

Speaking from his hospital bed, the husband said he had an argument with two men over traditional beer at a family gathering at about 7 pm.

“One of the two men took the beer and hid it outside the yard. When I questioned him, he told me to follow him. Once outside the yard he just stabbed me. I cried out, asking him why he was stabbing me, but he continued until I was on the ground,” said the man.

He said he was told only yesterday about his wife’s ordeal.

As residents were taking him to hospital, his wife was raped, allegedly by one of the men he had argued with over the beer.

The 60-year-old woman told The Witness that she was alone at home when a neighbour came to give her the news of the attack on her husband. It was already about 9 pm and she decided to visit him in hospital the next day. She locked the main door and went to bed.

Later that night she was horrified when a man she described as her neighbour forced his way into her room.

She said the assailant covered the top part of her body with a blanket and proceeded to rape her.

She had since moved out of kwaSwayimane.

“I don’t see myself staying alone in that house again. I was sitting on the bed when the door opened and he jumped on me … and he did as he wished,” she sobbed.

The man tried to strangle her. “I don’t know why he did this to me as he is our neighbour; I can easily identify him,” she said.

Her husband said: “If we had electricity in the community, maybe other people would have seen this and tried to help.” He said he had not yet reported the stabbing.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane confirmed a rape had been reported and said Wartburg police were investigating.

• President Jacob Zuma yesterday welcomed the arrest this week of five people who allegedly assaulted 49-year-old Ester Mankge in Limpopo in October, Sapa reports.

The five, all employees of a clothing shop in Jane Furse, allegedly accused Mankge of stealing a packet of underwear.

They appeared in the Nebo Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday and are due to appear again on April 22 on charges of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Zuma said in a statement yesterday: “Regardless of alleged crime, all citizens have an inalienable right to human dignity as well as access to justice and the protection of the law.”

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