The family of a Mpumalanga woman who was shot seven times by her husband says the ordeal could have been avoided had the suspect not been granted bail for his previous crimes.
The Magoro family of Marapyane area said the shooting could have been avoided had Maki's husband, Solly Madileng, not been granted bail on his kidnapping and assault cases.
Madileng, a businessman, is alleged to have shot Maki and shoved her out of a moving vehicle after she insisted on divorcing him.
Madileng, 48, was out on R5000 bail after he allegedly kidnapped and assaulted his employee, Ephraim Makitla of Seabe village, whom he accused of stealing from his shop last year.
This was after Madileng's supermarket was burgled. Madileng insisted that Makitla was involved in the burglary.
He laid charges against Makitla but the case was later thrown out of court because there was no sufficient evidence.
Madileng then allegedly locked Makitla in a house and beat him badly.
This prompted Makitla to open a case of assault and kidnapping against his boss.
Madileng was arrested and he appeared in the Marapyane periodical court. He was granted bail and will appear in court again on August 22.
Kgomotso Magoro, Maki's sister, yesterday said she was angry at the court for granting Madileng bail.
"Had Madileng been kept in custody, which is where he belongs, this incident could have been avoided," she said.
Maki was staying with her parents after moving out of the marital home. But on Saturday Madileng visited Maki claiming he wanted to mend their marriage. The two then left in the car together. He pleaded with her not to divorce him, but when Maki stood firm, he allegedly shot her.
After shooting her, he left her laying unconscious at the roadside for the night until a cattle- herder discovered her on Sunday morning.
Madileng handed himself over to Durban police on Tuesday, and will appear in court at Themba today.
Maki is still fighting for her life at a hospital in Pretoria.