Woman attacked in Caluza

2019-12-11 06:00

WHILE the country is raises awareness against gender-based violence through the 16 Days of Activism campaign, a 21-year-old woman from Caluza is fighting for her life in hospital after she was attacked at her home.

Slindile Nzama was attacked last Monday at a house she is renting with her boyfriend.

She was found by her boyfriend Ntando Dladla at around 6 pm on Monday inside the house lying in a pool of blood.

Her face was swollen and her throat was cut with a knife.

Speaking to Echo, Dladla said they still have no idea why Nzama was attacked and who attacked her.

Dladla said Nzama was alone in the house when she was attacked.

“I left the house very early in the morning on Monday to Mkondeni. I called her around 9 am and everything seemed fine and normal. When I got home in the evening the one thing that I noticed was that the door lock has been forced open.

“I knocked and shouted her name but she did not respond. When I opened the door I found her lying on the floor next to the bed face down surrounded by lot of blood. I went out and called the neighbours to come and help me,” he said.

Dladla said when they turned Nzama around, her whole face was swollen and she could not speak or open her eyes.

“Her mouth was tied with a cloth. We called an ambulance but we were told to wait so we decided to take her to Caluza Clinic where they transferred us to a hospital with a private car. She is in ICU as we speak fighting for her life. We are left with unanswered questions.

“We want to know what happened and we want the police to find the people or a person who did this because there was an Okapi knife that was found at the crime scene.”

Dladla said he believes that whoever did this thought they had killed Nzama.

“The people who did this wanted to kill her. How can you cut someone’s throat and leave her to die?

“What makes this more painful and frustrating is that we recently lost a child. That was less than a month ago and now this? We were supposed to attend a cleansing ceremony on Saturday but we couldn’t as Sli is fighting for her life in hospital.

“We want justice for her. We want those people who did this to her to be found and arrested. I am also living in fear because I do not know what they wanted.

“They only took Sli’s phone and a DVD player, which does not make sense. There were plenty of things that they should have taken but they only took those two things which shows that they only came to hurt Sli.

I fear that if they are not found they might come back for me as well since we do not know what they want.”

He said the neighbours said they did not see anything and they did not hear any noises to alert them that someone was being attacked.

The neighbours last saw Nzama in the morning when he was hanging the laundry outside.

Dladla said they reported the matter to the police and the police also came to the house and took a statement but he has not received a case number till now.

Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Sergeant Mthokozisi Ngobese said the police are investigating a case of attempted murder and no arrests have been made.

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