Daughter fights for her mother against her father

PICTURE: Siphiwo Mngxali who is facing allegations of attempted murder and violating a protection order.

The National Prosecutions Service successfully challenged the bail application of a respectable businessman, Siphiwo Mngxali (51) who is facing allegations of attempted murder and violating a protection order issued by his wife, Dr. Yolisa Siphambo-Mngxali, a doctor in Mthatha. As investigations continue, Mngxali is being held in custody while he waits for his subsequent court date next month.

The court revealed that Mngxali’s wife and children are in danger since the wife is hiding and fears for her life because of her husband.

The NPA report states that this family had been experiencing marital issues before the wife requested a protection order against her husband. According to a report from NPA spokesperson Luxolo Tyali, on February 26 of this year, Mngxali forced his way into their home in Fort Gale, Mthatha, and because he had a protection order against him, he came with people and took the refrigerator and television, and there was a shooting. Mngxali was then arrested.

Mngxali was arrested on March 8; he appeared in court that same day and given seven days to request bail.

Olwethu The couple’s daughter Olwethu Yolande Mngxali (31) posted an open letter on social media in which she discussed how painful it was to live in fear due to their father. The letter was titled, “My Father is an Abuser! We need help!” In this letter, she also asked for support as a family so that their father could not be released on bail and for law enforcement to fulfil its part.

The ANCWL was pleased with the court’s decision to deny Mngxali bail and stated that it prefers for him to be confined until his sentencing.

Siphokazi Mani-Lusithi, the MEC and ANCWL coordinator for the Eastern Cape, says they commend the woman for speaking out. Mani-Lusithi says that this will inspire other women who are scared to speak up.

“We are the Women’s League, and we are dedicated to combating women’s abuse. We urge the victims to speak up and aid one another in the fight for women,’” Mani-Lusithi added.