Mashabela’s nose was fractured and her jaw was damaged on the night of February 12 when police dragged EFF MPs out of the House. This was after they disrupted Zuma while delivering his State of the Nation address. She was admitted to hospital and discharged the following day.
Relating the impact of the incident on her life to The Citizen, Mashabela said she went for two weeks without eating solid food as she could not chew.
“I can now chew anything but the pain is still unbearable,” said Mashabela.
“I will undergo a nose operation on May 12. I have difficulty sleeping because of the nightmares about that incident. It is still haunting me. The nightmares have forced me to cut short my sick leave and go back to work because I cannot even stay at home.”
Mashabela was dragged out of parliament and beaten by a group of police officers until she fell to the ground, she recalled. She laid a charge of assault against the police, she added.
“I was not even resisting but they kept on assaulting me while lying on the ground. I never even tried to fight back. It is up to the court to decide on this matter.”
In November, Mashabela caused a stir during a joint sitting of the National Assembly by calling Zuma a “thief” for refusing to pay back the money. The police chucked her and other EFF MPs out of the House on instruction of Speaker Baleka Mbete.
Zuma is expected to respond to oral questions in the National Assembly on March 11. Asked if she was ready for the session, Mashabela said: “Yes, we are waiting for him (Zuma) because the nation wants to know when he will pay back the money”.
Western Cape police could not immediately be reached for comment.