South African women have taken to the streets to share their stories of abuse in the #TotalShutDown protest.
One of these women were Thembi Maphanga, whose baby daddy set her and their daughter on fire seven-years-ago.
Taking to Twitter, mobile journalist Rudzani Thelma shared a video of Maphanga telling her story during the #TotalShutDown protest.
Maphanga recalled she had a fight with the father of her then two-year-old daughter in public and the attention it drew had him storming home.
When the mom got home, he asked her to talk in private- but things turned out much worse than she could have ever thought.
Her baby daddy ended up setting her and their daughter on fire before fleeing. Maphanga said she had to throw herself through a window and managed to get her little girl out as well.
The mom and daughter were rushed to the Johannesburg Hospital, where she laid in a coma for several months.
Unfortunately, her daughter did not survive the ordeal and she died two days after her dad set them alight.
Maphanga was not the only woman whose lover set them on fire. As Briefly.co.za reported earlier, Pontsho Serumula shared how her husband, who burned her in 2014, is still a free man and has not faced consequences for his action.
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