News­man tells court he has been suf­fer­ing in si­lence

Swazi Observer - - FRONT PAGE - By Si­fiso Nh­la­batsi

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.

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