Woman tells of disfiguring acid attack

2011-09-09 07:44

Cape Town - A 23-year-old woman has told how she was attacked by a man who threw acid on her face, causing excruciating pain and horribly disfiguring her.

Susan (no last name was given) was waiting for a minibus taxi after work in Sea Point, Cape Town last week, when she noticed two suspicious-looking men watching her, reported the Cape Argus.

They got on the same taxi as she did and as they passed her to get off the taxi in the city centre, one of the men threw the acid in her face.

Susan, who is from Zimbabwe, said she didn’t know why she had been attacked but did not believe that xenophobia was the motive as the men didn’t know she was a foreigner.

The taxi driver took her and another passenger, who was injured in the attack, to hospital.

She will have to have four years of reconstructive surgery, costing an estimated R450 000. A Cape Town plastic surgeon has offered to help her, free of charge.

Ironically, Susan thought Cape Town would be safer than Johannesburg. She had only lived in the city for a few months.

A police spokesperson confirmed that one of the suspects had been arrested.


  • 1gascan - 2011-09-09 07:58

    What drives a person to do something like this? It is so sick! I hope that things come right for Susan. It must be horrible to be affected like this for the rest of your like.

      1gascan - 2011-09-09 07:59

      sorry *life*

      ivory - 2011-09-09 09:26

      Why were they just arrested? That is the problem with this country. You can be jobless, no money, living on the street, just do something really bad, go to jail and have a bed to sleep on, food to eat, recreation outdoors, study material etc etc. That's why criminals don't care and will not care. Why weren't acid thrown in their faces? That would be perfect punishment I'd say!!

      DEVILS SON - 2011-09-09 10:44

      dont worry, john mongrel owns pollsmoor, they will get theirs

      Steen - 2011-09-09 10:49

      This is sad, I agree with Ivory Acid must be thrown to their faces as well. Hope Suzan get better soon and may the Lord Might be with the plastic surgeon who offered to help for free.

      TacksGP - 2011-09-09 10:50

      @Ivory, You are absolutely Correct, our prison system is kak, it treats rapists, murderers and thieves like they are beauty queens, and yet those innocent citizens who deserve beds,food, and study material are shown the middle finger!!! Stand up for Democracy!!

  • khanyiemdingi - 2011-09-09 08:06

    I extend my heartfelt sympathy to Susan, no one deserve anything like that. Also I thank God that we have surgeons & doctors who go beyond the call of duty, I really commend the guy who OFFERED to help, something unfortunately very rare among those who serve in our government.

  • Wow! - 2011-09-09 08:23

    Surely there are people who can identify the scum who did this. Get the bastards and lock them up for life. Susan I hope that you will not be too scarred by this.

  • Nkalakatha - 2011-09-09 08:26

    The world's people are getting more and more CRACY!!!! Wonder what is behind the reason for doing something like this??? Blame tik and dagga ??? Some people were never meant to be brought into this world !!!

      Nkalakatha - 2011-09-09 08:27

      Sorry that should be CRAZY.

  • spencer bullard - 2011-09-09 08:27

    Heart felt condolences, the who is the humanist plastic surgeon? I live in seapoint and occasionally use the minibus' but may have to rethink if this happens again.

  • mbuzi mee - 2011-09-09 08:28

    Sorry Susan, these are the kind of people that we dont need in our society.....may God bless this plastic surgeon

  • MSHAZIE - 2011-09-09 09:13

    Yeah 1gascan, this is horrible...lets hope for the best. For her sake... South Africans, what have we come out to be?

  • Geraldo Mc phu - 2011-09-09 09:26

    Believe you me , this was Zenophobia . I heard the lady's speak on TV and her accent does sound Zimbabwean obviously she had to tell the driver where she would be disembarking in English and they did hear this .

      Antonio Ashley Morientes - 2011-09-09 10:18

      Very primitive behaviour!!

      Queen_Elizabeth - 2011-09-09 14:30 why did they ALREADY have the acid with them?

      zena - 2011-09-09 14:47

      because they were watching her for sometime before she got in the taxi, they had the acid because it was there plan to do this to someone otherwise they would not have had acid on them...........

  • Daemos1 - 2011-09-09 10:13

    I'll never use loreal again

  • Da.Liva.Delvira - 2011-09-09 10:15

    I think it's pretty simple to figure out, It is Xenophobia or when she left Jhb, somebody there doesn't like her...

  • buhled1 - 2011-09-09 10:18

    so sad...i saw her face to face without any bandages.really shockin n sad

  • clintas - 2011-09-09 10:25

    I have been pondering this question for a while for a while, you might say it's a bit extreme in it's nature...but in retrospect, would you live under the rule of Hitler, with his laws and security (despite the holocaust)or live under the current SA government? able to walk in the streets at night without fear...point is - people do not fear the law.

      device - 2011-09-09 11:15

      clintas a lot of people feared walking the streets during Hitlers time (no less than 6 million). In fact it was his laws and security that they were afraid of in the first place. I have been to Germany and trust me people are still very afraid of his laws today! This is different to the situation in SA. we have a decent constitution in SA, with decent laws that in theory protects us and our democracy, unfortunately though we have a government that can't implement the laws because they just don't the capacity. In other words we don't actually live under any real government because our government is still to weak and inexperienced to rule. Its not that the government tells people to attack and steal from the innocent, its just that they lack the tools and knowledge to prevent people from doing these things.

      zena - 2011-09-09 14:45

      what nonsense, how can they not have the capacity??? They were given a well run justice system, but no, they had to go and mess that up. How can you say they lack the tools and knowledge....that is just plain rubbish, they had all the tools, they just got rid of the knowledge to spite themselves in the long run

  • Nick - 2011-09-09 10:47

    They deserve to die! Or atleast have the same happen to them.

  • Nick - 2011-09-09 10:47

    They deserve to die, or at least have the same happen to them!

  • Fred - 2011-09-09 11:02

    Somebody told her to say it wasn't a xenophobic ( racist.) attack, possibly the reason she's getting free medical treatment. To think of all the years Zimbabweans, Mozambicans, Botswana's, Swazi, protected the ANC and their families and how do we pay them back, by mutilating, burning, murdering, trying to overthrow legitimate government, aiding anti-government riots, what scum we are.

  • Theresa - 2011-09-09 11:34

    I can,for the life of me,not understand how these criminals still have human rights.They deprived Susan of the right to go through life unscarred and now my tax money must pay their keep if they're ever convicted!Hope they rot in hell!!!!

  • Lauren-Lee Hutchinson - 2011-09-09 11:52

    This is an old news. This incident happened last week sometime. Wake up News24, can you please report on current news, not old news. I heard about this incident on E-tv news one morning last week!

      Mya - 2011-09-09 14:59

      you are a cold Bi%&£ the article is clearly about the woman speaking after the accident, not the actual incident. If you are not interested, dont bother to read it and dont bother with your insensitive comment. Good luck to this woman, I hope she has people in her life who will give her lots of love and support, she will need it through her treatment and after to gain her esteem back.

  • Mandla - 2011-09-09 21:29

    Sorry Susan,wish you a speed recovery.

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