PERHAPS the man thought Mandla was a woman. Perhaps he hated the idea that a man was dressed in a robe.
But Mandla was just walking down the street in Muslim dress when a man attacked him, screaming, “Uyanginyanyisa!”
Mandla Msibi (23) from Wattville, Ekurhuleni was stabbed in the back.
The unknown man ran away and Mandla was taken to hospital.
That was last Thursday and other Muslim members are living in fear that they may also be attacked.
“Only a madman would do this. We want this man to be arrested and take his punishment,” said Ali Hlatswayo, a community leader.
“The man has not been arrested. We fear he may attack more people. In our faith we wear robes. What’s wrong with that?”
Ali said Mandla was losing blood but his life was saved because an ambulance arrived quickly at the scene.
“He’s come out of a coma,” said Ali.
His father, Samuel Msibi, said Mandla was on his way to the mosque in Wattville when the thug attacked him.
“He told Mandla he was disgusted by his wearing a robe and then stabbed him.
“Mandla came running home. We tried to stop the bleeding while we were waiting for the ambulance. He was screaming in pain,” he said.
“We’re devastated because we could have lost him had the ambulance not arrived in time. I had to wash his wounds.”
Actonville cops said they’re waiting for Mandla to be released from hospital so he can open a case.
They said the suspect can only be arrested if a case is opened.