Online petition for acid attack victim

2015-09-16 11:18
Thulile Phungula (Supplied to The Witness)

Thulile Phungula (Supplied to The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - Lifeline Pietermaritzburg has started an online petition after a staff member, Thulile Phungula, 23, died as a result of being forced to drink battery acid last month.

Phungula lived long enough to identify her attacker before the acid destroyed her organs, police said.

Her ex-boyfriend, Siphiwe Mbanjwa, 35, will appear in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday for a bail hearing.

“We have started this online petition and are hoping to receive as many signatures as possible so that we may hand it over to the magistrate to oppose his bail,” one of her colleagues said.

LifeLine has called other NGOs in Pietermaritzburg to join them in a silent protest outside the court.

The organisation has also called on members of the public to join the silent protest.

The brutal attack took place on August 21 at Phungula’s home in Imbali. It was reported that Phungula met Mbanjwa at the gate of her home when he allegedly grabbed her by her neck before dragging her into a nearby bush. It was there that Mbanjwa allegedly attacked her with acid.

Plessislaer police spokesperson Captain Musa Ntombela said Phungula managed to return home shortly before midnight and was rushed to Grey’s Hospital where she later died.

“Members of the Plessislaer detectives conducted a joint operation to trace the suspect in the area and only a day later the team of officers arrested Mbanjwa,” said Ntombela.

Read more on:    pietermaritzburg  |  domestic violence  |  crime
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