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Man in court after wife was murdered

A crowd of more than 100 women from Fisantekraal protested against gender-based violence outside the Bellville magistrate’s court last Friday (11 September) after the gruesome murder of a woman, allegedly by her husband.

The mutilated body of Nosicelo Tsipa (35), mother of a 15-year-old boy, was found buried in black bags near the Mossel Bank River late last Tuesday (8 September).

Tsipa went missing on the evening of Sunday 6 September, allegedly after screams were heard coming from the couple’s house in Greenville.

TygerBurger was told that the couple’s son returned home and was told that his mother will not return again.

Tsipa’s sister went to report her as missing at the satellite police station in Fisantekraal the next day.

According to a media release by Capt Marchell Rhode, spokesperson of the Durbanville police, detectives followed up on information about the missing woman on Tuesday 8 September.

“With further investigation it was found that she was killed and buried in an open field in Lucullus Street near the Mosselbank River in Greenville.

“According to information, she and her husband had a domestic dispute. Her family reported her missing at the police station,” he said.

TygerBurger was told residents reported that they heard a wheelie bin being pushed on the tar road on Monday morning at around 03:00.

On further enquiry Rhode said a family member of the deceased assisted the police on Tuesday 8 September at about 18:20 to follow the tracks of the wheelie bin to the river.

“A grave was found, but no limbs were sticking out as was reported in another news report. The ground was levelled,” he said.

The police’s forensic investigating team arrived and dug up her body and took it away,” he said.

However, TygerBurger have information that the body was discovered by a member of the Mosselbank River Conservation Team, who contacted the police.

The deceased’s husband was arrested on a charge of murder.

A large crowd of women of Fisantekraal handed over a petition at the satellite police station in Fisantekraal to Col Tamara Hlomza, station commander of Durbanville police, last Wednesday 9 September.

More than 1 000 women in Fisantekraal gathered last Wednesday evening on a hill outside Fisantekraal to pay tribute to Tsipa.

A memorial service was held last night (Tuesday 15 September). She will be buried in the Eastern Cape on Saturday.

TygerBurger received information that the deceased went to court earlier to get a restraining order against her husband, but was allegedly told to go home and to try to sort out their problems.

Babsie Ntamehlo (41), who is charged with the murder of his wife, appeared briefly. The case was postponed to 21 September for a bail application. He is held in custody.

This murder highlighted the fate of many women who are suffering from gender-based violence – just a month after Women’s Month in which the focus this year was to end violence against women and children.

Andie Smith-Steele, community pastor, said on Facebook “the community stood, crying out for justice, for change and for men to teach boys how to be men”.

“Sadly there were too few men amongst the swirling sea of women. But the men that did attend were warriors and they will teach and influence others to also stand ...

“Most importantly, the community stood. And they stood together. And they spoke, prayed and sang loudly and with great strength. It was a salient and poignant moment of unity in deep grief. It was a reminder that we need each other – in the valleys and on the mountain tops. I am so thankful that when African women arise and stand together, they are a formidable and frightening force.

“I pray that this may be a watershed moment for change,” he said.

Chumani Kobeni, proportional councillor for ward 5, said to TygerBurger the community is devastated by the murder.

“It is time the government does something. One of these days it is time for the 16 days of activism against violence against women and children, but it does not look as if it is helping,” he said.

Ruan Beneke, councillor for ward 105, told TygerBurger his heart really goes out to the children and the immediate family of Nosicelo.

“No family, anywhere, should ever have to go through such a dramatic ordeal. We can only hope and pray that our justice system really starts to understand the impact on families and communities, and that their actions will show that as a country, we don’t accept violence in our society any longer,” he said. 

“There are thousands of examples in South Africa where families are broken up by violence, whether it is the father or the mother figure, who is unnecessarily killed as an innocent victim. Unfortunately, violence against women and children is just the lowest form of violence, and really a barometer of society as a whole,” he said. 

Beneke added that gender-based violence should not be fought against by women only.

“It should not be mainly women who draw up petitions and are representative when suspects appear before court. This should be the role of men and we should really start taking our natural ‘protector’ role more seriously. As men, we have an opportunity to influence and eradicate gender-based violence,” he said.

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