And to make matters worse, Mbali Mahlangu claims she was told by her lover that no police station would arrest him.
But last month, the 18-year-old from Middelburg in Mpumalanga summoned up the courage to leave him. But according to her, this was not the end of her ordeal. On Sunday her former lover forced her into his car and took her to the bush, where he assaulted her and pointed his service pistol at her.
She told Daily Sun: “He was about to pull the trigger when a car appeared. He told me to hide behind a tree, got into his car and drove off. He left me in the middle of nowhere, bleeding. I had to walk 6km to get home.
“But that wasn’t the end of it. He called and said he was going to patrol me. I tried to lay charges at the police station but they turned me away. I am now scared he will kill me.”
Police spokesman Colonel Leonard Hlathi advised Mbali to go back to the cop shop and ask to speak to the station commander to lay charges against her ex-boyfriend.
When the SunTeam contacted her former lover, who would only give his name as Ronnie, he said the allegations against him were not true.
“I never beat Mbali or threatened to kill her. We broke up eight months ago. Maybe she isn’t taking it very well and is now claiming she was abused. I never did anything wrong to her,” he said.