‘I’m trying to hold myself back’ – says distraught dad after daughter’s throat slit

The suspect dropped his bail request.

He doesn’t have enough words to express how he feels.

Learning that his eight-year-old child had his throat slit outside his grandmother’s house was devastating to him.

He does not understand how a human being could hurt a child to get revenge on his mother. Her eight-year-old daughter is fighting for her life in Pretoria East Hospital after her mother’s boyfriend slit her throat and left her bleeding to death.

It is alleged that the couple had a heated altercation and the mother left with her two children, an eight-year-old girl and a five-year-old girl. She was visiting her mother in Khutsong Extension in Mamelodi East on Sunday when the attack happened.

While at Grandma’s house, the mother was at the car wash when the boyfriend came looking for her. The boyfriend reportedly waited outside the yard for hours, until the girl came out.

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The devastated dad tells Drum they’re putting the pieces together, but it seems when the kid saw his mom’s boyfriend, she walked over to him. She knew him because they all lived together. He allegedly grabbed her by the hair, slit her throat, and left her on the ground to bleed to death. Her grandmother found her lying in a pool of blood and was able to get help in time.

The boyfriend was reportedly seen in the area.

The father says his daughter and younger sister lived with their mother and boyfriend in Montana. He says the boyfriend and the mother had a fight and when the mother asked the man to leave, he refused.

“He then resorted to cutting my daughter’s throat in retaliation against the mother. He entered the grandparents’ house and slit the child’s throat in execution style with a knife. The child’s mother then called the police on her return, finding that her daughter’s throat had been slit. She was admitted to hospital and is now in intensive care. She was stabilized at Mamelodi Hospital and transferred to Pretoria East Hospital,” says the father.

Father says he is not taking the news very well and everyone around him expects him to be strong and that is a bit unfair. He had to watch his child lying in a hospital bed in pain and have social workers and therapists talking to him, and she has to relive the incident everywhere.

But he hopes the process will help the child cope with this traumatic experience.

“I try to stand up, especially for the kid because I think that’s too much for any parent. When a man just takes your child and slits his throat trying to get back to him or hurts the girlfriend by hurting a child who isn’t even his child, that’s a horrible thing to experience as a father. I feel angry as a father and I don’t understand how this guy can do something like this because of their disagreement,” he said.

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He says it is an act of someone heartless.

“I think he’s a guy who’s used to doing that because you can’t do it out of the blue just because you’re arguing with the kid’s mother.

“I saw the guy before because we have joint custody of the kids after our divorce, so I saw the guy twice when I was picking up the kids. And he called me once when there was a problem with children, I would not say that I knew much about him but I know that he exists and that he lives with my children.

The boyfriend appeared in court on Thursday and his lawyer dropped the bail request. The father says it was this court case that revealed the boyfriend had other GBV-related matters and is wanted by police on these charges dating back to 2019.

“The guy was charged with another GBV crime yesterday when he appeared in court, he had a lawyer and the lawyer dropped the bail request at this time. They had been looking for him since 2019 so they just found him And we learn that this guy has been arrested at least no less than seven times before this incident and four cases have been withdrawn, ”explains the father.

He says he hopes the justice system works because it is clear he is dealing with a ruthless person who has a history of getting away with violence against women and children.

The boyfriend appeared in Mamelodi West Regional Court and will be back in court on May 30.

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