‘Litsha woman scalded

2018-01-11 06:00
DA MPL Tandeka Gqada (centre) , Councillor Nokuthula Mahlathi was among women who visited Nomabhongo Ndondo whose lover threw a boiling kettle at her, sister Nompumelelo Matshini looks on.

DA MPL Tandeka Gqada (centre) , Councillor Nokuthula Mahlathi was among women who visited Nomabhongo Ndondo whose lover threw a boiling kettle at her, sister Nompumelelo Matshini looks on.

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Hundreds of angry activists are expectted to descend on the Khayelitsha Magistrates Court next Monday, January 15 where a man accused of allegedly pouring boiling water over his partner is to appear for a bail application.

The man,49, was arrested on Sunday January 7, a week after the alleged act.

The victim, Nomabhongo Ndondo, suffered burns all over her body, from the head down.

Her sister, Nompumelelo Matshini, said she found her sister in pains in her Harare shack on New Year’s eve.

“I had visited her because I knew she was having a strained relationship with her boyfriend but what I saw there left me shattered,” said Nompumelo.

She found her heavily wounded sister crying for help and immediately called for an ambulance.

“The neighbours helped us and she was immediately admitted in the Khayelitsha District Hospital. Her condition was worsened because she is a diabetic,” she said.

A few days after the incident, she opened a case with the police and helped them to trace the assailant.

Khayelitsha Safety and Security Forum (KSSF) has condemned the attack on Ndlondlo.

KSSF chairman Mbuyiseli Boqwana said this was a barbaric act of the worse violence against women and children.

“We call upon the community, through its street committees to decisively act on warning signs of such cases and with the support of Community Police Forums, report these related cases to police in order to prevent loss of life and or similar incidents taking place,” he said.

Boqwana added that domestic violence related crimes are difficult to police as they occur in households and require community participation in order to police.

“With strong street committees and active CPFs supported by structures such as Khayelitsha Development Forum, it could be strengthening the SAPS in combating such serious violent crimes directed to both women and children in our communities,” he said.

Asavela Amakhosikazi Group led by DA MPL Tandeka Gqada and gender activist Ncumisa Mahangu visited the burnt woman in hospital on Tuesday.

Ggqada said she was horrified when she saw the victim.

“This is a cruel act that all men should condemn. I hope the court will deal with the perpertrator and teach others a lesson,” she said.

Mahangu said she will mobilise masses to come and protest when the man appears in court.

“We will picket to send a strong message against this kind of violence,” he said.

Boqwana said they further request the provincial Department of Social Development to provide social services support to educate and raise awareness amongst men and women on couple dispute resolution mechanisms.

“The support needed from our government should not be limited to pensions or grants but in restoring breakdown of households and build a broad social network support,” he said.

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