'i live in fear of my ex-boss'

Luzuko Pongoma

Luzuko Pongoma

Angelina Mulabisana refused to leave the protection of the Brixton magistrate's court yesterday until she was sure her former employers had left.

"I fear those people. They have made my life a misery," she said.

Her former employer, Dr Hafiz Timol of Mayfair West, and his sons-in-law Bilal Ahmed and Hashim Jadwat, had just appeared in court for assaulting her.

Mulabisana told the police that the three had held her captive for eight days after assaulting her. They had also pointed a firearm at her.

"I vomited blood. I was also bleeding from the ears and nose. They did not care. They kept me there and forced me to work like a donkey. They forced me to iron and wash dishes. It was almost like I was a slave.

"They did not feed me. I relied on water for days," she said.

Mulabisana was only freed after she was able to slip a note to a passer-by with a relative's telephone number.

Mulabisana's ordeal started after the Timol family was robbed of money and undisclosed items two months ago. Mulabisana, Timol and five other family members were locked up in the toilet while the robbers ransacked the house.

The Timols blamed her for the robbery. "They said I should know better because I had brought my black people to the house to rob them. The doctor called his son-in-laws and they all assaulted me."

She said during her ordeal, a policeman came to the house and took her cellphone. A policewoman also came and took pictures of her and promised to kill her if she left the house.

Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) spokesman Dikeledi Phiri said that Mulabisana needed to go back to the investigating officer and complain about the exclusion of other charges as they were more serious.

"If she is not happy, she must approach the station commissioner. But if she is still not helped she must come to the Independent Complaints Directorate and we will help her," she said.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Tlali Tlali said there is supposed to be a professional relationship between the complainant, the investigative officer and the prosecutor.

"It is important that the police and the prosecutor play a role in seeing that victims are treated with particular care," he said. Tlali said it was the duty of the police and prosecutor to make sure the complainant was kept abreast with the court case.