Women demand justice

2019-09-26 06:01
Women of Marikana protesting outside Philippi East police station demanding the police to update about the case of Xoliswa Motsoso who was allegedly burned by her husband.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Women of Marikana protesting outside Philippi East police station demanding the police to update about the case of Xoliswa Motsoso who was allegedly burned by her husband.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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More than 30 women, all wearing black and carrying placards, marched to the Philippi East police station, in Lower Crossroads, to demand an update on the case of Xoliswa Matsoso.

Matsoso was allegedly torched by her husband a fortnight ago.

It is alleged that Matsoso’s husband, whose whereabouts is unknown, poured paraffin on her and set her alight inside their shack. She sustained serious burn injuries to her upper body and the residents had to force him to take her to Tygerberg Hospital. She is still in critical condition.

The cause of the attack is unknown.

Singing struggle songs, angry residents stated that they don’t want to see the perpetrator in the area. Some of the placards they carried read “Siwenzeni Amadoda”, “Enough is Enough”, “Justice For All” and “Women Abuse Must Fall”.

Xoliswa’s younger sister Palesa accused the police of dragging their feet in dealing with the case. “We are here to find out what is going on about the case. Ever since we opened the case we have never been updated about it. We are in the dark. Not a single officer visited us or came and check where the incident happened and so on,” said Palesa.

She described her sister’s husband as abusive. “Their marriage was not good. They used to fight all the time. He used to beat her with a sjambok or a baton,” she stated. The displeased Palesa who stays in Nyanga said she was informed by her sister’s neighbour about the incident.

“When I arrived, the shack was already in flames and my sister was taken to hospital. Her husband confessed that he poured paraffin on her head,” she said. Palesa said she will never forgive her brother in law because of what he did to her sister.

Xoliswa’s neighbour Nandipha Cokile reiterated Palesa’s sentiments accusing Xoliswa’s husband of being a bully and abusive. “They liked to fight all the time. I even advised Xoliswa to leave her marriage because it was no longer effective,” she said.

Cokile said they were preparing to go to sleep when the incident happened. “There was some noise and later we heard Xoliswa screaming. When we went out, we saw the smoke coming from the shack. Xoliswa’s husband was fetching water from the communal tap outside. When we look inside Xoliswa was in flames,” said Cokile adding that Xoliswa’s husband told them that she lit herself. She said as women they say enough is enough about the abuse against women and children.

Phillipi East police station spokesperson Capt Bheki Xulu said a case of attempted murder is registered. “The suspect threw spirits and paraffin onto Xoliswa and set her alight. The suspect is on the run and the police are still searching for him,” said Xulu.

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