Friday, 12 February 2021

Bloemfontein: Premier Sefora Ntombela is shocked by the shocking attack on popular Lesedi FM presenter Dimakatso Ratselane.

Ratselane is currently in hospital after being stabbed several times and the police are currently on the hunt for her husband who has reportedly been on the run since the incident on Wednesday.

Police have requested assistance from the public to alert them if they know the whereabouts of Ratselane’s husband.

Premier Ntombela said the attack on Ratselane is a painful reminder that women in South Africa are under siege. She added that she was saddened that Ratselane has been savagely attacked, at a time when government needs her voice to educate society about the dangers of COVID-19.

“I am disgusted and sickened by the callous attack on Dimakatso Ratselane. She was attacked at a time, government relied on people like her, to educate and warn our people about COVID-19.

This cowardly attack reinforces our long held view that women in this country are under attack from a small section of spineless thugs who call themselves men. We have been saying for a long time that Gender Based Violence is another pandemic and thugs continue proving us right.

I had the misfortune of seeing the gut wrenching pictures of Dimakatso’s butchered body and I was left with no doubt that her attacker’s aim was to kill her. However, brave Dimakatso refused to die at the hands of a coward and held on to her life and is currently in hospital,” Premier Ntombela said.

She echoed the call of the police in imploring to the public to alert the police about the whereabouts of Ratselane’s husband, whom the police have labeled a suspect.

Premier Ntombela also appealed to members of the public to desist from sharing the graphic pictures of Ratselane.

“I appeal to you all not to share pictures of Dimakatso because they are traumatizing already as it is. We must also think about the damage such pictures might cause to her family, which is currently suffering as a result of this attack. Let me take this moment to wish Dimakatso a speedy recovery.” Premier Ntombela concluded, adding that the law must not show the culprit no mercy.