Themba: Woman lays charges after clip of abuse gets posted online

Themba: Woman lays charges after clip of abuse gets posted online

- A video of a woman being abused by her partner was shared to social media recently and caused outrage among South Africans

- A second video of the same lady at a police station saying she was opening a case against the person who shared the video of her abuse is now trending

- South Africans believe the lady is being manipulated and abused by the man, known only as "Themba"

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After a video surfaced of a woman being beaten up by her partner, South Africans have been trying to get justice. The man has been identified only as "Themba" as she called his name in the video.

The video of the abuse starts with the lady asking someone to stop sending her messages on her personal WhatsApp number and to rather use the group chat. Before she could complete her sentence, a man off camera begins to beat her.

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Now, the same lady has been recorded once more. This time she is laying a charge against the person who posted the video of her being abused. The woman says she is fine and well and is opening a case of defamation of character against the person who uploaded the video.

Themba: Woman lays charges after clip of abuse gets posted online
The lady in the "Themba" abuse clip is laying a charge of defamation of character against the person who uploaded the original video. Source: @mpho_malala
Source: Twitter

The video she is referring to is still online as it was posted by various accounts. At the beginning of the video, the lady can be heard speaking about the WhatsApp messages while referring to herself with a derogatory name. She glances at the man who is off-camera as she speaks.

The man then beats her without any prior warning. It looks as though he takes the phone out of her hands as she puts up her arms in defence. The video of the abuse ends with her saying "Aww Themba."

The video below shows the same lady from the abuse video speaking about laying a charge against the person who originally shared the video:

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South Africans have shown immense concern for the above. While some believe they should stay out of the couple's business, others believe that "Themba" has not only manipulated her but also emotionally and mentally abused her. Take a look at some of the tweets regarding the situation below:

Popular Twitter user @Cellular_ZA wrote:

"Now I'm more convinced that she needs help. The fact that Themba is there reminding her of the script, it clearly shows she's still getting slaps and kicks. That man is going to hurt the nation. It's our duty to see beyond the words spoken. She needs our help! #GBVmustfall"

@BayandaPeace said:

"I don't know how abusers brainwash their victims. The lady will die through that Themba guy and this thing of "I love him" doesn't cut it, this is a matter of life, you don't beat up someone you love like that, even this video shows how manipulative and controlling he is, it's so sad!"

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@DeeHadebe tweeted:

"I worry when I hear people that say she is fine. This person is far from being fine, okay or happy or whatever nonsense she is trying to portray in this 2nd video. She is still being told what to do by #Themba. The problem with the abusers they always think your brains don't work."

The shocking video displaying terrible gender-based violence comes as South Africa is observing 16 Days of Activism. reported that it has been started to both highlight and combat gender-based violence and other related crimes against women.

Since the start of the 16 days, both local and international social media users have flocked online to share how they would be taking part in the 16-day campaign. Many have also shared personal stories of the abuse and ordeals they have suffered at the hands of men.

South Africans, who have a particularly gruesome record of gender-based violence have weighed in on the campaign, sharing their thoughts, experiences, and support. Read a few of their tweets below.

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