Xingwana ignored abuse - claim

2013-02-10 15:59

Johannesburg - A young mother has spoken of the months of abuse she allegedly endured while living under Women and Children Minister Lulu Xingwana’s roof.

The 27-year-old woman was the girlfriend of Xingwana’s nephew and the couple lived with their 2-year-old daughter in his aunt’s ministerial residence - where she alleges he abused her.

She also says she told Xingwana about the alleged assaults, but she claims the minister did nothing.

Instead, she says, Xingwana and her nephew, flanked by two bodyguards and three police officers, arrived at the woman’s home in rural Eastern Cape, where she took the toddler from her distraught grandmother.

Now all the child’s mother can do is wait for next month when she will battle her ex-boyfriend in the Mthatha High Court for custody of their daughter.

However, Xingwana, who is responsible for running government’s 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign, strongly denies the woman’s claims, saying that when she told her she was being abused, she “encouraged her to report the matter to the police”.

“I advised her that she could even report the matter to the police officers who were on guard at my official residence. She is still encouraged to report these that the police can, if necessary, even arrest him if he has committed the crime - despite the fact that he is my nephew.”

Won't tolerate abuse

Xingwana also insists she is totally opposed to abuse of women and children.

“I lead the government department that I lead because I cannot tolerate the abuse of children and women. Those who are close to me know very well that I will never tolerate the abuse of any person anywhere, least of all in my own house.”

The young woman, from a village outside the Eastern Cape town of Mqanduli, who cannot be named to protect her child’s identity, claims she ended her relationship with Xingwana’s nephew because of his violent conduct.

Xingwana's nephew, however, denies this ever took place.

“I never laid my hands on her. Yes, we argued at times. I screamed at her, but to abuse her physically? Never,” he said.

Then last Friday, the ex-boyfriend approached the Mthatha High Court for custody of their daughter.

His lawyer, Arnie Immerman, said they argued that the little girl could have a better life in Pretoria than in Mqanduli.

“The child was in Pretoria getting the best of everything – food, clothing and medical attention, everything of the best. If this were my child, I would be smiling from ear to ear that she would be treated like a princess in Pretoria, as compared to her living in a rural village in Mqanduli,” he said.

Judge Zamani Nhlangulela granted him an interim order, and he and Xingwana went to fetch her, the Daily Dispatch reported this week.

The child’s mother claims that she went to fetch the family elders and returned to see Xingwana’s BMW speeding away.

The little girl’s grandmother wept as she spoke of how the child was taken away from her.

“The minister and I struggled for the baby. We pulled her in different directions. I was determined not to let her go. I was overpowered by one of her bodyguards and a police officer. They pushed me down and manhandled me. They were very aggressive and physical,” she claimed.

But Xingwana denies this, saying they were determined not to traumatise the toddler.

“We were, however, met by people who did not seem to have regard for a court order. As soon as we arrived, the child ran to her father and was in her father’s hands for the whole time.”

Xingwana said the baby’s mother “will have an opportunity to convince the court... that it is in the best interests of the child” to stay with her.



  • ernustus.louw - 2013-02-10 16:14

    Dit is `n tradisie om hul vroue swak te behandel. Die ministier het mooi by zoempie geleer om te lieg. Swart vroue het geen regte in hulle tradisies nie.

      matshane.seleko - 2013-02-10 17:38

      Nee,Ernustus.Louw.Jy lieg.Dit is nie al die swart(nee man,bruin) vroue wat deur hul manne sleg gehandel.Dit gebeur ook in ander nasies.Asseblief ouboet,moenie verder lieg nie.Jy maak my kwaad.

      gauchet1 - 2013-02-10 18:36

      Se vir hom Matshane! We need to stop generalising based on race, root of all our evil in SA. Maybe Ernustus should go and comment on die Volksblad or beeld where Afrikaans is the language of communication.

      riaan.mostert.58 - 2013-02-10 21:46

      gauntlet Who are you to prescribe what language he can communicate in? Who died and made you god?

  • Adeeb Saban - 2013-02-10 16:16

    Are there any respectable people working in government???

      MarkH - 2013-02-10 16:20

      Think you know the answer to that one.

      nico.dejongh.90 - 2013-02-10 18:17

      What's that? ..the world is coming loose at the seams, those very figures who should be good examples for it's people without disrespect of DIGNITY and freedom which Mandela fought for.Mandela must have some nightmares about angels without wings.

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2013-02-10 16:18

    well goodluck to the woman, she is not the only one who has experienced the injustices of the government impose by the officials who supporse to lead by an example.

  • Papiki Moeketsi Hlahane - 2013-02-10 16:25

    its all about money.the child will be treated like a foot*sucks*

      olivia.kgatla - 2013-02-11 11:59

      'Treated like a pricess'It sounds like the child will be raised into a spoilt brat. She is actually better off in the eastern cape where she can be raised properly

  • motho.batho.98 - 2013-02-10 16:31

    So she is a hypocrite like other politicians?

      grace.andtruth.77 - 2013-02-10 17:01

      Yip.... And a liar and a thief!!! A waste of our hard earned tax money

  • erik.prinsloo.1 - 2013-02-10 16:32

    Ha-ha-ha! South Afica country of lies!!!!!!

  • dee.bone.39 - 2013-02-10 16:36

    ANC really making me tired. Sigh

  • musa.kamashobane - 2013-02-10 16:49

    Oh my word there is another bully in the MInister Xingwana again. Obviously the child will be better off staying with a granny who is a Minister and a bully, she is highly paid anyway, they can afford through her not the nephew to buy and dine at McDonald's. Dont forget that it is the same minister that bullied an air hostess on an international flight, crying to be upgraded to a first class seat.

  • Desilusionada - 2013-02-10 16:53

    So she knew of a potential abuse, and did not report it herself. The same Minister that claims: “I lead the government department that I lead because I cannot tolerate the abuse of children and women. Those who are close to me know very well that I will never tolerate the abuse of any person anywhere, least of all in my own house.” Surely if she was serious about her position, job and intolerance of abuse, she should have immediately reported it herself? She whose voice should be able to count enough for a decent investigation. As for: The child [was] in Pretoria getting the best of everything – food, clothing and medical attention, everything of the best. Does this include facial, cream, hair straightener and a dog. Is she there eligible for "extra training"? Any of the above surely are to be prevented by the wishes of the better knowing, more wise, boss, mentor, leader and example setter she reports to? She, the Minister would not be doing her job, if she allows this poor kid to become "too clever"? Hein?........

  • grace.andtruth.77 - 2013-02-10 16:56

    Lulu is as useless as the rest of the ministers. She's done less than Zero to improve things for women children and people with disabilities BUT she's managed to feather her own nest very well, taking a record number of vacations!!! I believe the mother of the child without a doubt!!! SADLY its a foregone conclusion how the corrupt courts will rule...

      grace.andtruth.77 - 2013-02-10 17:08

      This is a woman who verbally abused an air stewardess in front of a plane FULL of passengers because she couldn't be upgraded to business class!!!

  • JudithNkwe - 2013-02-10 17:00

    Abuse does not have to be physical - mental abuse is equally horrible as prove by what has now happened to the young mother being deprived of her child by force. Like nephew, like aunt - need I say more?

  • Cabashe - 2013-02-10 17:16

    What is she doing now about the whole abuse? Is she not taking part in the abuse by taking the child away? I am confused by this minister's actions really cause her actions are the opposite of what she is saying

  • ann.ornelas - 2013-02-10 17:17

    Assault , rape, murder and theft of children are todays theme What a healthy society

  • Lucky - 2013-02-10 17:23

    the minister is lying, she and all her power-tripping moron govt "officials" have absolutely no respect for anyone or anything, rule of law,human rights, constitutional rights you name it, you have no rights in the view of the "liberators"..the only thing they care about from a "liberation" pov is purse strings! greedy oinkers at the trough...i will add another observation in light of the rape and murder of Anene, here is a stand out example of women in the SA govt and their views on rape, women's rights and the all male african zooooomers! all hail!!!

  • Kwanele Mzwanele Masoka - 2013-02-10 17:23

    'I advised her to even report the case to the police on duty guarding my residency...' Wtf, how do you report domestic violence to a VIP unit!!!

  • doreen.nokwanda - 2013-02-10 17:32

    Couldn't agree more,i guess mayb abuse to her is only physical.they abusing da poor lady emotionally by taking the child away frm her.

  • colleen.erasmus.7 - 2013-02-10 17:34

    From what I've seen this week with ordinary men and women of the society they have shown more compassion for the Booysen's girl, not once has she even commented on anything and she is supposed to have the best interest of women and children at heart, It makes ne wonder, where are her priorities? Abuse is abuse in any form! Money might take care of the childs financial needs but money can't buy love, compassion, a kiss goodnight, that's more important! Do they realise the scars they going to leave on that little girl! It was not a very mature way to handle the situation!

  • Mbavhalelo - 2013-02-10 17:42

    The Lord Jesus is watching

  • chikomborero.dumba - 2013-02-10 17:49

    The purported champion of rights of women and children is cognisant of potential abuse in her own home and yet "advises" the poor mother to report to her own vip unit!? Where is compassion and women rights here? Oh sorry I forgot, only champion the rights when putting on a show for media. Shame on you minister in this shamful government that is in shambles.

  • Punungwe - 2013-02-10 18:00

    But seriously speaking, how can the mother take a child to deep remote Eastern Cape and live the child with the grandmother. If she knew what she was doing she would have rented a flat in a high-end suburb in Pretoria or Johannesburg and then taken the father to court for maintenance.

  • sihlangu.hokweni - 2013-02-10 20:20

    This is ONE minister who's following Minister Dinah Pule on the way out of Prez JZ's Cabinet. You see with Zuma,your ERROR must be about Hundreds of Millions of Rands which CANNOT be ACCOUNTED for,

  • WILDSBOK - 2013-02-10 20:45

    Jesus please come soon.

  • Rakesh - 2013-02-11 06:06

    1. Nephew sponging on aunt. Can't take care of himself but approaches court for custody to take care child. Aunty probably has many many govt. provided servants who will do babysitting. 2. Why approach high court in Mthatha when u don't stay there? Normally kids are never removed from mums custody unless she is found to be mentally unstable or on drugs etc.(showing she's unfit). Why did judge grant this interim order? Oh I forgot, aunty was there too! 3. What was aunty doing involving herself in nepews custody battle? Was custody granted to her? 'Cos she was wrestling granny. 4. Money is power. Ordinary people would not afford to hire lawyer and gain custody at high court so easily particularly from the mother. No mention of mother being unfit at this stage, right? Father

  • womba.wonder - 2013-02-11 06:21

    Xingwana -- where she goes a bad aroma follows

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-02-11 11:19

    Now we know why this minister do not have time to do the job she gets paid for. Another Zuma appointee not worth the time of day.

  • alwyn.vantonder - 2013-02-11 11:30

    What people fail to see, is the fact that we now have proof that this minister doesn't know how to do her job! It is obvious that she doesn't have a clue.. We still have LOADS of abuse going around, and her office have done NOTHING worthy to mention! Get rid of the ANC trash!

  • pages:
  • 1