Zahara stabbed by beggar in Strubens Valley

Zahara shared photos of her stab wounds after she was attacked by a beggar. Photos: Facebook.

Police say a case of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm has been opened.

Honeydew police in Johannesburg have confirmed that a case of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm (GBH) has been opened against a suspect who allegedly stabbed musician Zahara, Roodepoort Northsider reports.

The Loliwe hit maker’s was apparently stabbed in the arm by a beggar while she was reaching to give a ‘bystander’ some money from her car.

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Police spokesperson Captain Balan Muthan told Roodepoort Northsider that a case was being investigated.

The incident is said to have taken place outside the premises of a shopping centre in Strubens Valley last Tuesday.

The incident caused Zahara to postpone her overseas music concert. In a social media post where she shared photos of the stabbing, she lamented how people had lost the spirit of Ubuntu.

Her Facebook page read: “I always believe that when you have a loaf of bread, one could always be able to share just a little with someone else. If you have R1 000 surely even a R5 would be worth something to someone. I was due to be in the UK by Wednesday for the Mandela concert however couldn’t make It because Tuesday night just as I drove by Spar in my area I reached out to give ‘Job Seekers’ some money instead they reached out grabbed my arm and stabbed me, tried to open my door, with the intent to cause more boldly harm. It’s very sad that one’s humility and humanitarian beliefs are welcomed in this manner. BU PHELELEPHI UBUNTU (Humanity has vanished).”

Zahara had to postpone her Mandela Tour to October.

SRT Security, the security company operating at the shopping centre, has advised patrons and motorists not to hand out freebies to the beggars on the streets, as some of them had different intentions. “People must stop giving money, food and clothes to the beggars because they will keep coming back for more,” warned Maggie Bezuidenhout, the operations manager of the security company.

Maggie further warned motorists to not entertain the beggars by opening their car window for them, as it is believed that these beggars are the eyes and ears of the criminals in the community.

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