Following the release of Zinhle Mabena and the dismissal of the attempted murder charges, the Isibaya actress has spoken about being a victim of abuse in their marriage. In response to the allegations, Zinhle Mabena’s husband, Robert Ngwenya, also claims to have been a victim of abuse in the marriage.
Zinhle was arrested on Tuesday for the attempted murder of her husband. The couple announced that they were getting a divorce in January. Her husband, Robert Ngwenya survived a shooting that happened in January that claimed the life of his bodyguard. Zinhle was fingered as the primary suspect of the attempted murder but the case was dismissed by the National Prosecutors Association that claimed the arrest was unlawful.
After her release, Zinhle stated that she was a victim of targeted intimidation. She also swore to speak up against gended based violence and fight gender based violence.
“I cannot begin to explain how traumatic last night was for me to spend a night in police detention only because of a husband that will stop at nothing to see me suffer. And this is only because I have taken a stand to say enough is enough, from an abusive relationship I was in, and to stop the cycle.This is only the beginning of my fight back against gender-based violence, something that I do not wish on anyone, and l know l speak for many who continue to suffer in silence. I am ready to roll up my sleeves and fight,” she said after her release.
Zinhle Mabena and husband claim abusive relationship
However, her husband, Dr Robert Ngwenya was quick to respond to her abuse allegations. He claimed that he was also a victim of physical abuse at the hands of Zinhle. However he did not confirm her allegations of abuse.
Consciously, I have taught my children, my family and even my wife that abuse in any form is wrong and it must never be tolerated irrespective of who dishes it. That behavior must be confronted immediately and everyone in the house must never be stopped from reporting such to authorities and law enforcement agencies. It is a principle I teach and live by. To lead by this example, when I, at some point in my own marriage felt abused by my own wife, not only did I seek a restraining order, but I even laid a complaint with the police because I couldn’t stand physical abuse,” the business man said.