Man refused bail

2018-01-18 06:00
DA MPL Thandeka Gqada addresses members of her party who demonstrated outside the Khayelitsha Magistrate Court on Monday during the appearance of a man who allegedly poured boiling water on his girlfriend. PHOTO: Unathi OBose

DA MPL Thandeka Gqada addresses members of her party who demonstrated outside the Khayelitsha Magistrate Court on Monday during the appearance of a man who allegedly poured boiling water on his girlfriend. PHOTO: Unathi OBose

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“Citizens should not be afraid to expose abusers, so that they can be brought to book.”

These words were uttered by Thandeka Gqada, DA Member of Provincial Parliament on Monday during a demonstration held outside the Khayelitsha Magistrate Court.

This was during the court appearance of a Khayelitsha man, 46, who is alleged to have scalded his partner with boiling water, leaving the victim, Nombabhongo Ndondo with burn wounds from head to toe.

The man, who faced a charge of assault with the intention to cause grievous bodily harm, was applying for bail.

The application was refused and has been remanded in custody until his next appearance on 23 January 2018. Gqada, along with other fellow party members demonstrated outside the court. She told reporters that it was time perpetrators of abuse be taken to account. “We need to unite as a community to expose those among us who conduct abuse wether it is against women, children or men; they need to be dealt with legally.

We need to speak out ... even the victims they must not keep quite and endure abuse,” she said. She said that they wanted to protest the granting of bail to the alleged perpetrator.

“We want him to remain in custody throughout the remainder of the case but that is up to the courts.

We are also very happy that SAPS acted swiftly to apprehend the suspect and we really hope that he doesn’t get bail. Often perpetrators are released only to continue abusing their victims,” she said. Their wishes were granted as the bail hearing was postponed to the 23rd of January. Sabelo Mbolompo, DA ward chair, said.

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