Woman out of hospital after being attacked by husband

09 October 2019 - 09:37
By Promise Marupeng
Matome Dikgale appears in the  Palm Ridge magistrate's court  for   attempted murder of his wife and the violation of a protection order.  / ANTONIO MUCHAVE
Matome Dikgale appears in the Palm Ridge magistrate's court for attempted murder of his wife and the violation of a protection order. / ANTONIO MUCHAVE

A woman from Meyersdal, southeast of Johannesburg, who was left for dead after she was allegedly attacked by her husband, has been discharged from hospital while her husband seeks bail.

Nthabiseng Dikgale, 39, was released from hospital on Friday after being admitted for various injuries.

Last week her husband, Matome Dikgale, was arrested and his bail, which was granted at the Brackendowns police station hours after he was arrested, was revoked.

Nthabiseng's sister Monica Sitai told Sowetan although she was back home under the care of her family, she was living in fear.

"She has been affected more psychologically than physically, and what is more sad is that the children have taken more strain after witnessing the attack on their mom," said Sitai.

Nthabiseng spent a weekend in the intensive care unit following the attack.

Yesterday, Matome appeared in the Palm Ridge magistrate's court for further argument for bail application.

Matome faces charges of attempted murder and violation of a protection order. He

will appear in court again next week for the outcome of his bail application.

The police officer investigating the case, Sgt Molefe Phadu, last week told the court that Matome was a violent man who had six cases of violence that had been withdrawn. Three of them were opened by Nthabiseng in the 11 years that they had been married.

Yesterday, Phadu told the court that granting Matome bail would not guarantee the safety of Nthabiseng.

"I spoke to the victim today [yesterday] again before coming to court, and she is very scared of the accused. She fears for her life," said Phadu yesterday.

During cross-examination, Matome's lawyer advocate Jabulani Maluleke put pressure on Phadu, but he remained firm as questions came thick and fast.