A South African man is currently on the run, after he reportedly attacked his pregnant girlfriend in her sleep following a disagreement.
It was gathered that the man reportedly burnt his girlfriend’s face and her hand with a bar heater, before fleeing the apartment. Facebook user Lerato Lee Hlongwa who shared the report wrote;
“Boyfriend burnt his pregnant girlfriend on the face with a bar heater while she was asleep. After doing this he ran away. Nobody knows where he is”
In recent times, there has been so much report of women being assaulted by their men in South Africa. Some months ago, a Phoenix man, who was caught on camera assaulting his pregnant girlfriend when she found him with another woman, was arrested.
Police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbhele said the 26-year-old man appeared at the Verulam Magistrate’s Court, charged with assault and contravention of a protection order. The incident, which happened at a Mount Edgecombe shopping centre, has come to light as the country observes 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children.
In the video, it appears that the incident began as a confrontation between the man, who is with another woman, and his girlfriend, who says she is pregnant. The other woman with the man confessed to being married but says her husband knows she is “jolling”.
The verbal altercation continues and they walked out of the frame. The trio are then seen caught in a scrum and the man punches his girlfriend in the face several times while holding her by her hair. Voices could be heard in the background shouting “haibo” as the pregnant woman is hit with punches to her face and head.
Palesa Mpata, the spokesperson for People Opposing Women Abuse (Powa), however stated that one of the reasons gender-based violence was so rife in South Africa was because people did not want to get involved.
“People sit back and say ‘If it’s not happening to me, it’s not my problem.’ That’s unacceptable,” she said.
“We need to realise that when a women is killed by her partner every eight minutes, it is a crisis,” said Mpata.