By Sifiso Nhlabatsi | 2017-11-15
A teacher was admitted to the Raleigh Fitkin Memorial Hospital after receiving a thorough beating from a man who found him driving a vehicle which belonged to his wife.
Muzi Patrick Sihlongonyane who is a teacher at Mizpah Private School was saved from death by police officers after being forcefully bundled into a car boot by his friend’s husband (Sicelo Msibi) who accused him of cheating with his wife (Temlandvo Tsabedze).
Narrating the events leading to the unfortunate incident that left him injured in the head, eye and left arm, Sihlongonyane told the court that he was driving towards Moneni when he saw a car signalling for him to stop.
He said he did not stop.
Sihlongonyane said the car then passed him and blocked his way. In no time, the driver of the vehicle got out of his car and asked him why he was driving his wife’s car because according to him his wife was supposed to be in Maputo with the car.
Sihlongonyane said he told Msibi that he had borrowed the car from Tsabedze (Msibi’s wife) and had paid her E400 for the car. The teacher said Msibi would hear none of it as he called his friends who were at a nearest car wash and started assaulting him with fists and open hands.
Sihlongonyane said the assaults got worse as Msibi started using every weapon he came across.
He said he used a stick to hit him on the head and further used a broken bottle to stab him on the arm.
He said Msibi then asked to see his WhatsApp conversations with Tsabedze and he refused something that drove Msibi to forcefully grab the phone smashing it on the ground.
Sihlongonyane said Tsabedze’s husband then forcefully bundled him into the boot of his car and told him that he was going to kill him for cheating with his wife.
Sihlongonyane said he tried to tell Msibi that they were just friends with Tsabedze as he is a customer because Tsabedze sells shoes at Bend’n’Pick market. Sihlongonyane said Msibi drove off with him and he was saved by police officers who had staged a roadblock as he heard them telling Msibi to open the boot of the car. Msibi said after police officers found him bundled in the boot of Msibi’s vehicle covered in blood they took them to Moneni Police Station before rushing him to Hospital for treatment. Msibi was then charged with assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. He made his first appearance before Manzini Magistrate Phathaphatha Mdluli. During cross examination the accused informed the court that when he asked the teacher why he was driving his wife’s vehicle he first denied and said the car was his.
When the court asked the teacher where he met Tsabedze where she gave him the car, Sihlongonyane said they met next to Mozambique Hotel. The case continues.
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