Dragged, beaten and robbed of her speech; Action Society continues to fight for Sive Toto more than two years after assault

Action Society will continue to fight for Sivenathi Toto as the trial of her assault case commences on 20 November 2024. It has been nearly two years since the attack that has left her with severe and permanent brain damage and forever bound to a wheelchair.

Sivenathi was dragged through the streets of Lawaaikamp by her boyfriends’ friend, Shaun Madonono, following a fight between her boyfriend and Madonono in August 2022. Madonono lost the fight and in an apparent act of revenge, broke into Sivenathi’s house. Madonono dragged her all the way to his house where he beat her until she lost consciousness. He then put her in his bakkie and dumped her at a dumping site behind a petrol station. The severity of the beating has left the 23-year-old with severe brain injuries. After the attack, she suffered a stroke, loss of speech and limited mobility which has restricted her to a wheelchair. According to a family spokesperson, Sivenathi can only communicate using noises, one when she is happy and another when she disagrees with something.

“Sive’s story is one of the darkest cases Action Society has dealt with. This beautiful woman was stripped of her dignity and humanity and our justice system seems indifferent. It is unacceptable that it is taking this long to get justice and we will continue to fight for her until this monster is fully charged for this horrendous crime,” said Head of Action Society’s Action Centre, Kaylynn Palm.

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