She laid an assault case against her husband after he allegedly pushed her against a wall, before breaking her phone.
Public works MEC Mohita Latchminarain’s gender-based violence case has its date set for 20 July 2021.
NPA spokeswoman Monica Nyuswa said the matter will be heard in A court at the Mbombela Magistrates Court.
The MEC’s husband, 44-year-old Mahendra Latchminarain is accused of assaulting her, allegedly pushing her against a wall before smashing her cellphone into pieces while visiting her at her statehouse in Nelspruit, the Sunday World has reported.
013NEWS understands that the couple has stopped living together since at least 2018.
Mohita is applying to officially separate with him in court and not use his surname, Latchminarain, anymore and has a protection order against him. This is the second application to separate, the first of which was lodged in 2016 but was put on hold by her.
She was appointed the MEC for public works, roads, and transport by Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane when she reshuffled her cabinet, sacking deputy president David Mabuza’s allies in February 2021.
The Sunday World over the weekend quoted her saying that she started experiencing an allegedly abusive marriage since 2012, about 2 years after she got married to him.
She said she was admitted as an attorney and Mahendra would accuse her of cheating with her clients, until she decided to quit the profession in order to be a housewife and save the marriage.
“I left being an attorney because he said I slept with clients. He hates it when I’m friendly with people and even suggested that I should cover my face as Muslim women do so that people could not see my attractive face. I refused and things continued to take a turn for the worse,” Mohita told Sunday World.
Difficulties in their marriage started being publicly known in 2019 when he wrote a letter to Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane, accusing her of cheating on him with finance MEC Vusi Mkhatshwa.
He later withdrew this in another letter to the Premier, apologising for being a “jealous husband” and claiming that he was angered when he received a message from an anonymous sender who showed her screenshots of their alleged WhatsApp chats and said had discovered that the chats were created on a computer.
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