Singer Busisiwe (Cici) Twala took to the dock at the Midrand Magistrates Court on Wednesday afternoon to give testimony in the assault trial against her ex-lover and record label boss, Arthur Mafokate.
Mafokate was charged with assault with intent to do greveous bodily damage, to which he pleaded not guilty.
During her testimony on the first day of the trial, Twala struggled to fight her feelings as she gave the court her version of events.
The court heard how Twala allegedly went to Mafokate’s home on June 1 a year ago to break-up with him.
“I was basically ending my relationship with him and I was picking up my belongings. The commotion started because I wanted to end the relationship and he didn’t want me to call an Uber,” she said.
Twala claims that as she was packing her belongings, Mafokate asked to discuss their relationship and took her phone away as she was going to request for the cab. She then claims that he got into his car with her phone.
“I tried to open the driver’s door and found it was locked. He still had my phone. He then pulled away from the garage and I was still holding onto the door handle of the car and asking for my phone. I saw he had no intention to stop,” she told the court.
She said she tried to pull her hand away, however it got caught because she was wearing a thick ring.
“As he accelerated, I grabbed on with both hands because my right arm may be dislocated. I fell on the ground while he continued driving. I tried to stand up but couldn’t. I dragged myself to the nearest residence”.
Twala was then rushed to hospital by a friend of the record label boss and was told she had a broken pelvis and would need surgery.
The trial continues.