13 November 2012

Zimbabwe: Katsande Assaulted By Boyfriend

Photo: Tinopona Katsande/Facebook
Tinopona Katsande

A Harare socialite and Zi-FM presenter, Tinopona Katsande, was severely assaulted by her boyfriend at the weekend. Tin Tin, as she is popularly known, claims that her boyfriend, only known as Brian, beat her up after she asked him to do the dishes. However, it has since emerged that the socialite was allegedly spotted misbehaving at the Zimbabwe Cricket National Awards, raising the ire of some cricket fans, who were at the ceremony.

Tino posted her nightmare on the social network. Tin Tin twitted; "I am a victim but I will come out the victor! Tin Tin been done wrong.

"Please pray with me and stand by me. It's going to be rough. I was beaten up for asking him to help me clean the house by washing the dishes while I did the laundry."

Katsande also posted several pictures on social network sites, Twitter and Facebook, showing her badly bruised face.

"That she was beaten I don't dispute, but the reason she is giving is not true.

"We were with her at the cricket awards and she was very drunk, dancing provocatively trying to attract cricket players and I think that is the reason she was beaten up," according to a twit after Tino's post.

There was a heated debate on the social media, with some sympathising with Katsande.

Popular stand-up comedian, Carl Joshua Ncube was the first to console her.

He posted: "This is extremely upsetting and I am so sorry Tin Tin that this happened to you and to guys out there, who are doing this, we need to create a wife beaters website and list like a child offenders one so you are never integrated into our society and we can put an end to this cancer that is not being spoken of in Zimbabwe particularly.

"I deeply regret that has happened and personally will do my part as a man to shed light, stop, deter and even prevent things like this happen to another woman."

Thokozani posted; "It's totally disgraceful! I wonder how he can live with himself after having beaten up a woman he claims to love that much!

"Just goes to show how messed up he is psychologically!

"To Tino . . . Be brave and remember, no woman deserves to be treated like a punching bag! No matter what anyone may say, you are not in the wrong at all."

Tino even spoke about her nightmarish weekend, during the ZI-FM's breakfast show, "Ignition".

In a statement Tino urged women to speak out against violence.

"On Sunday November 11, 2012, I joined an alarming and ever increasing group of women who are victims of gender based violence in Zimbabwe.

"I speak to you now with chipped teeth, bruised ribs, swollen face, blood shot eyes, patches of uprooted hair from the pulling and a heavy heart BUT, I will also hasten to say that I write this statement because I'm alive. I'm a survivor but unfortunately that can't be said for a lot of women. I'm not an exception; I have unfortunately become the norm.

"I want to thank everyone who is standing by me during this terrible time but I also ask you to not make it only about Tino. We are on the precipice of the beginning of the 16 days of activism against gender violence. Let's band together and SAY NO TO VIOLENCE. Some people keep telling me not to talk about it. Some said keep it at home and 'madomestic'.

"Someone even said 'chakafukidza dzimba matenga' and I must keep it quiet. I will not keep quiet, I will never keep quiet," she said.

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