An Eastern Cape family wants to know why a man accused of brutally assaulting their daughter, who would die a month later in hospital, was granted R300 bail, and why he was charged with assault instead of attempted murder.
Bongeka Mgqobozi from Lady Frere Mhlanga village died in Queenstown Frontier hospital on December 2. The 27-year-old was in the hospital unconscious for a month after she was assaulted on November 2 in Queenstown, allegedly by her 30-year-old boyfriend. She was dragged along the street, locked inside a flat and beaten again, then left lying on the floor.
Queenstown police spokesperson Namhla Mdleleni confirmed a man had been arrested and appeared in Queenstown Magistrate’s Court on charges of assault with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm. She said the suspect was granted R300 bail.
The Mgqobozi family and community leaders said they did not understand why the man was charged with assault instead of attempted murder.
Bongeka Mgqobozi’s mother Nondiliseko said her daughter was found by neighbours lying in a pool of blood.
Bongeka had left her Mhlanga home last month to look for a job in Queenstown.
The grieving mother said she received a call on the morning of November 3 from her daughter’s friend telling her that Bongeka had been rushed to hospital. The Mgqobozi family hired a car to travel to Frontier hospital in Queenstown.
Nondiliseko said doctors told her that her daughter was brain-damaged and that Bongeka’s right side was not working.
“I’m so disappointed in the justice system. I lost a daughter and the person responsible for that paid R300 to be free. I want him back in jail.”
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