A five year old boy was nearly choked to death by her stepfather, Johannes Kali, in order to punish his mother, Rauna Shikalepo, who he accused of cheating on him with her ex.
Shikalepo said, “He thought I was having sex with the father of my kid when the truth is I went to him to ask for money. There was no food at home and when I got there they were having a little braai and asked me to have a drink. “
According to Ndapanda, Kali who she cohabits with in Oshakati West had been trying to get hold of her and when her ex-boyfriend answered her phone, he completely lost it.
“’Where I was I had a feeling when I went to the bathroom and came back to find that my phone was no longer on the chair where I had left it, but was on the table. I should have trusted my instincts and check if someone had tried to call me,” she said.
She said her ex-boyfriend and his friends did not tell her that her boyfriend had called, and he took it on the kid.
“He thought I was cheating on him with my ex-boyfriend when he answered my phone. When my kid cried over something, he somehow got annoyed. He caught him around the neck and started to strangle him,” said Shikalepo.
As the baby was coughing and spluttering, Shikalepo said, a female neighbors came to the baby’s rescue.
“ He could have killed him. He told my neigbour that I left him with a hungry kid. When the neighbour ran over to him and managed to free the toddler, Kali took a spade and went after her.
“He chased her with her spade until into her yard and she locked herself in her room. She called the police and me. When I got home he was not there, we went after him with the police and found him at a bar. He was taken in by the police and released the following day, “ said Shikalepo.
Kali refused to give a comment and he was not charged. “It was a nasty incident and I just hope that other men learn from this and because I wouldn’t want it to happen to anyone’s kid. It is the most cowardly act from a man to attack an innocent child, but the family have agreed to sort the matter out from home,” said arresting officer Constable Jacob Shikongo.