Mafokate is accused of assaulting Thwala during the time they were living together as partners last year.
Thwala alleged that Mafokate dragged her with his car for a few metres causing her injuries to her pelvis area.
Thwala was admitted at Netcare Waterfall private hospital where she underwent hip surgery.
Spotting black pants and a black jacket paired with a white T-shirt, Thwala appeared jolly surrounded by friends and family, including her mother.
Mafokate, who arrived early, had sat inside his car at the mall opposite the court before proceedings began.
The court matter has been postponed to tomorrow, when cross-examination is expected to take place.