A Woodstock, Cape Town man has allegedly been stabbed to death by his wife. Now the family of the father of three say the justice system is failing them.
Relatives of Tasriq Hartnick, 30, are upset after Saadiqah Benjamin, 26, was granted bail of R1000 and awarded custody of the couple’s three children.
They claim Saadiqah is crying “battered wife syndrome, when in reality she gave as good as she got and stabbed Tasriq on previous occasions”.
According to the case docket, three weeks ago, Tasriq had gone to the house he shared with Saadiqah just off Page Street in Woodstock about 8.30pm. By 9.30pm he was dead, his body lying in front of a neighbour’s house.
It’s believed Tasriq had been with one of his cousins when he decided to go home and see his children. He had walked into the house and, according to neighbours, the couple had had an argument.
According to witnesses, Tasriq later came running out, begging for help. He had a single stab wound to his chest, but died before paramedics arrived.
Saadiqah was arrested for his murder and spent the weekend in the cells at Woodstock Police Station. On Tuesday, 25 June, she appeared in the Cape Town Magistrates’ Court charged with murder and was released on bail. Tasriq’s family were warned not to make contact with her.
According to court documents, Saadiqah claimed she was defending herself when she stabbed her husband to death.
Tasriq’a cousin, Nazier Kinnear, tells the Daily Voice they want justice. He says Saadiqah and Tasriq “always fought” and she is not as innocent as she claims.
“They would have physical fights and it was not right to live like that,” says Nazier.
“He [Tasriq] had moved out three months before he died and was living at the Woodstock Hospital. She had previously opened a case against him for assault. She had stabbed him multiple times before and even burnt all his clothes. This was a toxic relationship.”
He adds: “This is so sad, especially for the children. We want to know what happened, and Saadiqah is the only one with answers. She needs to tell the truth.”
When the Daily Voice contacted Saadiqah for comment, she declined to speak.
She is back in court on 9 September.
– Daily Voice