'Please protect her this time'
Young mom out of hospital after brutal attack
TINA Mbili’’s family yesterday sent out an impassioned plea to police to protect them from the man, who allegedly beat her to a pulp 12 days ago.
After Mbili, a single mother of a 17-month-old daughter, was discharged from hospital yesterday, her sister, Ross Harichand begged for protection.
“We are actually begging the police to keep that man away from us. We are so scared. I am terrified at the thought of coming home from work to find my sister and her child dead,” she said.
KwaZulu-Natal police — who have been acting on the assumption that Mbili’’s ex-boyfriend and father of her child, Michael Padayachee, brutally assaulted her and left her for dead in a Verulam park — have set up a special task team to track him down.
But Padayachee has still not been arrested.
Harichand yesterday said police were simply not doing their job because Padayachee had been seen near their home and in the area several times since the savage attack.
“With him still out there, we all are at risk. Tina, my other sister, my daughter and my niece. Police could not enforce the protection order but surely they can now arrest him.”
Mbili had obtained a protection order against Padayachee, and two domestic violence cases in which he is the accused are pending.
Harichand also wants police to search Padayachee’’s home to retrieve Mbili’’s identity document, bank cards, cellphone and money which was taken during the attack.
KwaZulu-Natal police spokesman Colonel Jay Naicker yesterday said police could not take Mbili to a safe house and that it was up to her to go to a facility for abused women.
Harichand said her sister would consider it if it would guarantee her safety.
“If it means her life will be saved, then we will consider it but I feel as long as that man is walking free, he can find her,” she said.
The Centre for Gender Commission has also approached Mbili to lodge a formal complaint with its office so it can track the police’’s progress in making an arrest.
“I have filled in the forms and am grateful for so many groups and organisations that have come forward to assist us,” Harichand said.
Mbili’’s recovery is expected to be slow.
“Her face is still swollen. The doctor cleared her to go home but she will have to see him every week. She won’’t be at work for a long time,” Harichand said.
She added that Mbili’’s daughter’’s excitement to have her mother back home brought tears to her eyes.
“It is so good to have Tina home. Her baby is sleeping next to her. I look at them and I pray that they are kept safe”.