Woman literally fought her fingers off to save her baby – Bela-Bela attack
Monique de Souza, 28, whose fiancé was stabbed to death in an attack on their smallholding in Bela-Bela on Tuesday, has told how she fought off the attackers and wrestled with one of them when he tried to rape her.
Netwerk24’s Marietie Louw-Carstens and George Germishuys spoke to her at St Vincent Hospital in Bela-Bela, where she is recovering from the attack. She broke fingers as she fought back.
Jakes van Deventer, 35, was stabbed at least 21 times with a knife and screwdriver.
Every time they stabbed him she could see blood and insides coming out, she said. His blood splattered as high as the ceiling.
At one point, Van Deventer’s 4-year-old daughter from a previous relationship came into the room and asked the men not to hurt her father. They told her to shut up and go to sleep.
One of the men ordered De Souza to take off her dress and underwear. She said she prayed for the strength of 200 men as she lay on the bed. She then took a knife which she kept by the bed and attacked the man as he loosened his belt.
In the struggle they fell over Van Deventer as he lay bleeding on the floor. De Souza eventually managed to stab the man, and the attackers then fled.
Van Deventer said he was thirsty so she ran to get water for him, and comforted their 4-month-old baby, who was crying in the room.
“Promise me you’ll look after our children,” Van Deventer said before dying.
De Souza lost her husband four years ago when he died of a heart attack.
Limpopo police said the same team of detectives who investigated the murder of retired doctor Louis-John Botha are hunting for suspects. One man has been taken in for questioning.