MY WIFE ABUSES ME - EDITOR
Newsman tells court he has been suffering in silence
SWAZI TV News Editor Nkosinatsi Dlamini has denied ever assaulting his wife Lungile Makhanya.
Instead, the well-travelled Dlamini claimed that he is the one who has suffered endless abuse in silence in the hands of his wife and has scars all over his body to show for it.
Dlamini stated that the charges levelled against him are a result of fabricated lies by his wife, who is allegedly in cohorts with some of the investigating officers in the matter.
The newsman made his court appearance before Magistrate Lucia Lukhele at the Matsapha Circuit Court.
He was charged with assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm late last year.
First to take the witness stand was public witness number three, officer Msimisi Matsebula.
He informed the court that it was not the first time he attended to the complainant (Makhanya) as she once reported an abuse incident before. The police officer stated that they offered counselling for the couple but were surprised when they saw them back at the police station for the same problem.
The accused, however, denied ever assaulting his wife and informed the court that he suspects that the bruises which she had must have been selfinflicted by the complainant when she grabbed the steering wheel of the vehicle when he tried to drive to the police station to report assault.
Explaining his side of the story, Dlamini informed the court that he came back from work after five in the afternoon and found his wife not home. He said he proceeded to watch television until he fell asleep.
He said after 8pm his children woke him up complaining of hunger and he went to buy food for them.
Dlamini said he was told that someone was sitting at the doorsteps and found out it was his wife.
The accused told the court that his wife had started engaging in wayward behaviour such as turning their matrimonial homestead into a shebeen while he, on the other hand, doesn’t drink or smoke.
He said he decided to request that she leaves and give him the house keys. The accused stated he did not get a response from his wife, hence he reached for her handbag trying to get the house keys and that is when a scuffle ensued.
Dlamini stated that at that moment his wife bit him on his back, leaving him seriously scarred.
He stated that he then decided to go to the police station and the reason for doing so was because it was not the first time such happened and he was always labelled the aggressor.
Dlamini revealed to the court that he suffered abuse from his wife and remained silent about it because it was not easy as a man to report about such an issue to the police.
Dlamini stated that he has old and fresh scars all over his body which are inflicted by his wife.
He stated that even on the day of the incident, when he went to the police station, officers were puzzled that he was there to open a case against his wife.
He said it took some time for him to receive help and when he finally did he was helped by a female police officer who identified herself as detective Ndlangamandla.
The accused stated that, however, what saddens him is that the cases which he reported against his wife never saw the light of the day. Dlamini said he suspects that his wife’s relatives, who are police officers, used their influence to make sure that the matters did not make it to court.
It also surfaced in court that since the accused opened a case against his wife for assault the same case is being handled by the same investigator and the same prosecutor, which is something that puzzled the magistrate as to how such happened.
The court has since postponed the matter and asked the attorney for the accused to furnish him with statements recorded by the accused for his previous cases which he opened with the police.
ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY: Nkosinatsi Dlamini.