Incident shocks

2018-12-05 06:01
Awongiwe Mabutyana, the victim of an alleged assault at a drive-through fast food restaurant in Willows, Bloemfontein. Photo: Facebook

Awongiwe Mabutyana, the victim of an alleged assault at a drive-through fast food restaurant in Willows, Bloemfontein. Photo: Facebook

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The man believed to be the prime suspect for allegedly beating up a woman at a drive-through fast food restaurant is set to appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court this week.

He was arrested after reportedly handing himself over at the Parkweg Police Station on 3 December.

Col. Thandi Mbambo, provincial police spokes­person, said the 46-year-old man was tracked down on Monday by the police officer assigned with the investigation of the case.

She said the assault was allegedly committed in the early hours of 30 November at a drive-through fast food restaurant in Willows, Bloemfontein.

“The case was reported to the police at Parkweg and the suspect was traced throughout the weekend. The detectives managed to get hold of the suspect on Monday, 3 December. He will appear in court on the charge of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm,” said Mbambo.

The victim has been identified as Awongiwe Mabutyana (29).

She was admitted to a Bloemfontein hospital where she was treated for injuries incurred. She reportedly sustained severe dental damages and bruises on her face and legs.

Apparently, the suspect took offence when the woman hooted at him in the drive-through.

She hooted with the aim of asking the man to move his car forward in the queue.

The victim described her version of the events in a post on her Facebook page.

Mbambo said all hell allegedly broke loose when the suspect got out of his vehicle.

“He went to the victim’s vehicle and allegedly assaulted her, and thereafter threw her car keys away.”

The aggrieved woman has also expressed shock with regards to the alleged response of the police officers who arrived at the scene first.

She claimed the police officers stated they were unable to help with the incident because the incident was not within their jurisdiction.

“Jurisdiction does not dictate where the police are supposed to assist,” said Mbambo.

“When they are where the incident is happening, they should assist, then contact the relevant station for follow-up and register a case.”

He went to the victim’s vehicle and allegedly assaulted her, and thereafter threw her car keys away. – Col. Thandi Mbambo

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