Johannesburg – A video showing a Thembisa DJ assaulting his girlfriend with a spanner has circulated on social media making the call for harsher punishments louder for those who abuse women.
In the video, a woman, who has been identified as Thandeka Ndlovu, is heard trying to calm the DJ, which didn’t seem to work, as he continued beating the woman (who is allegedly his partner) with a spanner, repeatedly telling her to get out of the car.
Ndlovu took to Facebook to share images of the victim, who appeared to be unconscious and bleeding. The image was accompanied by a caption where Ndlovu wrote that she has had enough of seeing her friend being assaulted by Nhleko.
“My friend has been assaulted for the longest of times and has kept quiet because she thought that things would change or get better. She is now lying in a hospital bed,” Ndlovu wrote.
“I stood there and watched my friend being attacked with a spanner, while the security guards at the Engen 1 stop on the R21 towards Pretoria stood there and watched. She almost died in my hands. I was threatened for taking this video. This man promised to shoot both me and my friend.”
Police spokesperson Kay Makhubela confirmed to the media that Nhleko had been arrested and appeared at the Tembisa Magistrate’s Court on Monday. He was subsequently denied bail.
Police Minister Fikile Mbalula condemned the actions of Nthleko, saying that he should rot in jail and be held responsible for his actions.
“The actions of Khombela are shameful and disgusting. No-one should act like that towards women or any person. We will continue to act harshly against those who abuse and dehumanise women and children, who are the most vulnerable people in our society,” Mbalula said in a statement.
“I condemn those callous actions in the strongest terms and believe the law will act swiftly with Khombela.”