The viral video which surfaced on Facebook of a man assaulting a woman who is pregnant has caused outrage across the country.
Police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbhele said following the 26-year-old man’s arrest, the assailant appeared at the Verulam Magistrate’s Court on Monday, charged with assault and contravention of a protection order.
The video shows the victim – a woman – who confronts the man over an alleged affair with a married woman. The victim reveals to the man and his girlfriend that she is pregnant. She also threatens to contact his place of work – Blake Attorneys – to advise them that he is unable to support her and his children due to his affair.
As she pushes him to answer her questions over whether he can support his unborn child, he flies into a fit of rage and begins to violently attack the woman laying into multiple punches while she grabs hold of his bae’s hair and does not let go.
The couple cannot be identified due to the protection order.
The incident, which happened at a Mount Edgecombe shopping centre, has come to light as the country observes 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children.
In the video, it appears that the incident began as a confrontation between the man, who is with another woman, and his girlfriend, who says she is pregnant.
The other woman with the man confesses to being married but says her husband knows she is “jolling”.
The verbal altercation continues and they walk out of the frame.
The trio are then seen caught in a scrum and the man punches his girlfriend in the face several times while holding her by her hair.
She is bent over and holds on to the other woman, who also has her head down before the video ends abruptly.
Voices can be heard in the background shouting “haibo” as the pregnant woman is hit with punches to her face and head.
Other bystanders look on from a distance.
Palesa Mpata, the spokesperson for People Opposing Women Abuse (Powa), said on Monday that one of the reasons gender-based violence was so rife in South Africa was because people did not want to get involved.
“People sit back and say ‘If it’s not happening to me, it’s not my problem.’ That’s unacceptable,” she said.
Powa has developed an application with a panic button that immediately calls the police or ambulances in critical situations.
They also have a speed dial to their gender-based violence command centre, where people are on standby to assist.
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Source inputs: IOL, Twitter