A Cape Town nurse, Ms Elizabeth Williams has been arrested after a video surfaced of her allegedly forcing a woman to eat dog faeces.
The 38-year-old woman was arrested on Friday morning and appeared in court the same day, said Captain FC van Wyk.
She would remain in custody until her next appearance in the Goodwood Magistrate’s Court later this week.
South Africans reacted with outrage after a four-minute video emerged of Williams allegedly forcing another woman to eat the faeces as punishment for sleeping with her boyfriend.
In the video, she is heard telling her: “Vriet, daai is nie my kak nie, dis my hond se kak… Vriet, moenie praat nie. Ek gaan vir jou moer.” (Eat, that is not my faeces, it’s my dog’s… eat, don’t talk. I will hit you.)
When the seated woman reluctantly takes a bite, she is told: “Daarsy” (there you go).
She starts to gag and the nurse warns her not to vomit because her home is clean.
The seated woman makes more noises, holds her throat and appears to be gagging.
She is told to swallow and to keep going: “Jy kan hulle uitkies, sag, hard, pap, enige iets.” (You can choose, soft, firm, runny, anything).
At the end of the video, the nurse turns the camera on herself and appears to warn her boyfriend, telling him to look at what the woman is doing.
The 27-year-old victim Ms Ivodene Dienkie has opened a case of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, intimidation and crimen injuria last week.
Dienkie told Daily Voice the attack happened on 26 July when she was lured to Mimmie’s house under false pretences.
She explains she met Mimmie’s boyfriend, Jubie, through her previous boyfriend Durran Hendricks.
“Durran went to jail and Jubie would just klop aan. Two months ago I gave in and had sex with him once but she never caught us,” she said.
“On Friday, two girls came to my house and said there were people who need their nails and hair done but I must come to them.”
Dienkie says she was beaten with a knobkierie and a dog chain by the nurse who works at Tygerberg Hospital, before being forced to eat a bag of dog drolle.
She says the nurse also drew her blood to conduct tests and forced her to drink abortion tablets.
Dienkie reported the matter to police and an assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm case was opened.
Police spokesperson, Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana, confirms: “A 38-year-old woman was arrested on Friday morning and appeared in court on the same day and was remanded in custody.”
The case has been postponed to 8 August for a bail information hearing.
The SA Human Rights Commission indicated it was investigating the incident.
Tybergerg Hospital spokesperson Laticia Pienaar told News24 on Monday that Williams had been there for four years.
She said Williams had not been suspended or put on leave but that an internal investigation was still ongoing “to establish the facts”.