Woman in court for assaulting child

Masoka Dube


A Mpumalanga woman accused of assaulting a 13-year-old child is out on R5000 bail, granted by the Ogies Magistrates Court. Matshidiso Mtsweni was not asked to plead and her case was postponed to next month.

“The arrest came after a video clip circulated on social media circles and went viral. In the clip, a woman is seen assaulting the victim at Phola, near Ogies,  said Mpumalanga police spokesperson, Brigadier Leonard Hlathi.

According to Hlaudi, the woman tied the victim’s hands and legs with a rope against a pole at the veranda of a shack in her yard. “She then assaulted him using a wooden stick and thereafter, called her child as well as six other children aged between 10 and 15, who were playing soccer nearby to come and join in the assault until they broke his right hand.

Hlathi said that the suspect had been handed over to the police by a group of women belonging to a community movement in the area, who conducted a civilian’s arrest. She’s facing a charge of assault with an intention to cause serious bodily harm.
Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma, provincial head of SAPS  applauded the women for working with the police in the fight against child abuse and for not taking the law into their own hands

(Edited by Alex Rose-Innes)