Lesedi FM radio personality Dimakatso Ratselane stabbed multiple times, cops launch hunt for husband

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  • Lesedi FM radio personality Dimakatso Ratselane is fighting for her life in hospital after being stabbed multiple times, allegedly by her husband.
  • Ratselane was found covered in blood by community members and friends in Mangaung.
  • Police have launched a manhunt for her husband and believe he will be apprehended soon.

Free State police have launched a manhunt for the husband of Lesedi FM radio personality Dimakatso Ratselane, after she was stabbed multiple times.

Ratselane was found in a critical condition in Mangaung on Thursday.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Motantsi Makhele said the attack allegedly happened during an argument between the couple.

"It is alleged that the well-known radio presenter and her husband left their home in Mandela View, travelling to Phase 2 [also in Mangaung] to fetch their children. Along the way, they quarrelled, and they ended up at an informal settlement known as Dinaweng," Makhele said.

"Community members and friends found Dimakatso in a critical condition near Bra-White's tavern around midnight. Her body was covered in blood, indicating that she suffered multiple stab wounds," Makhele said.

Ratselane was taken to Pelonomi Hospital.

"She was found in a bad state and could not even speak. A case of attempted murder was opened at Kagisanong police station. The hunt for the suspect started immediately. The suspect is still at large, but it will not be long before he finds himself behind bars. [An] investigation is also being conducted by the police.

"Provincial commissioner Lieutenant General Baile Motswenyane regards any act related to gender-based violence as serious. Motswenyane has instructed the deputy provincial commissioner of crime detection to ensure the perpetrator is brought to book as soon as possible," Makhele said.

SABC spokesperson Mmoni Seapolelo said that they expressed outrage and condemned the attack.

"The Corporation views the horrendous incident as one of the enormous threats to the right to life, family stability, social progress, women advancement and productivity in the workplace," she said in a statement.

"The SABC wishes the concerned employee a speedy recovery and will provide all the necessary support.

"As a public service broadcaster, the SABC remains an important institution for empowering citizens with valuable information, to create awareness regarding various social ills including the intractable and atrocious Gender-Based Violence. The SABC is committed to continuing playing its critical role in heightening citizen vigilance and consciousness in this matter."

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