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Woman beaten and abused by fiancée in the middle of a packed restaurant

Woman beaten and abused by fiancée in the middle of a packed restaurant

Kgothatso Moloto, 22, says she has been abused and humiliated beyond what she could ever have imagined by the man she loved the most.

On 5 December she almost died at the hands of her fiancée, who allegedly beat her to a pulp in front of customers and staff at a restaurant in Jerusalem, northwest of Polokwane in Limpopo.

She says her only sin was asking the man why he went partying with another woman.

“He lost his temper and hit me with a beer can and a glass. He then dragged me and tried to strangle me in full view of onlookers. My clothes were torn and the humiliation was too much.”

Kgothatso, who is from Seshego Township, said since she started dating the man two years ago, their relationship has been marred by verbal insults and excessive beatings.

On Monday she went to the police station to open a case of grievous bodily harm and the abusive fiancée was arrested.

He is expected to appear in the Seshego Magistrate’s Court this week.  

“I have both mental and physical scars to prove that I was abused repeatedly by the man I regarded as the love of my life. He is such a gentleman in public but a monster when we are only two,” she said.

Kgothatso said one night after a fierce fight that left her battered and bruised, he forced her out of the house naked.

“It was one of the worst humiliating moments of my life. Being on the street at night with men, women and children staring at my naked body took the little dignity I was left with away.”

Kgothatso’s friend Rebotile Selepe said the abusive relationship has left her broken and shattered.

“This man was going to kill my friend one day. He saw nothing wrong in humiliating his fiancée in public,” she said.

Julia Motumo, a clinical psychologist in Polokwane, said most abusive men won’t change their behaviour during the course of a relationship.

“The victim should have sought professional help for both of them the moment he started beating her. Abusers tend to assume that abuse is a normal thing if they are not counselled,” she said.

Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo, the police spokesperson said he was not aware of the case.

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Kgothatso Moloto Limpopo Polokwane Seshego Township

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