Dog attack victim’s struggle for surgery

An elderly Mthatha widow is desperately seeking medical facial reconstruction after an attack by two pitbull dogs two years ago left her with one eye.

NoViolet Mzukwa, 61, from Ngangelizwe township in Mthatha, is being mocked by her neighbours and nicknamed “Bra Darkie” , after a one-eyed fictional character in the popular TV series Velaphi.

DOG ATTACK VICTIM: NoViolet Mzukwa, 61, from Ngangelizwe township in Mthatha, is being mocked by her neighbours and nicknamed ‘Bra Darkie’ because of her eye Picture: SUPPLIED

She was attacked by the pitbulls belonging to her neighbour. The female was pregnant at the time they charged Mzukwa on the morning of September 8 2015.

“The two pitbulls attacked me from behind, biting my arms before grabbing my left eye. I never opened a case with the police because their owner promised me compensation and to cover my medical bills.

“To this day however this never happened and I am forced to cover my left eye-socket. I am now being called Bra Darkie [a character from the TV show Velaphi, who wears an eyepatch to fool his employer that he is disabled],” said the elderly woman.

She said she now desperately needed help and funds to see an eye specialist and cosmetic surgeon to fix her eye and face. “At Nelson Mandela Central Hospital I was only given painkillers and bandages to cover my face.

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