FS Health probe leak of assaulted Lesedi FM anchor’s graphic pictures

The Free State Health Department has instituted an investigation, probing the source of graphic pictures of Lesedi FM anchor, Dimakatso Ratselane, which were taken in the aftermath of her being stabbed multiple times allegedly by her now fugitive husband last week.


An investigation into the pictures which have now gone viral on social media platforms is now underway at the behest of Free State Health Department Head, David Motau who describes the infringement of Ratselane’s privacy at a time when she is vulnerable as “atrocious, reckless, insensitive and unethical conduct” on the taker’s part.


Initial reports form Free State police regarding the incident reveal, the Lesedi FM anchor was found by a search party made up of her friends and community members from an informal settlement known as Dinaweng and taken to Pelonomi Hospital, which is a public health care facility for medical attention last week. It’s alleged she was later transferred to a private hospital – this hasn’t been confirmed.

It is unknown when exactly the pictures of the badly stabbed Lesedi FM anchor taken, however details of the leak will be unveiled once the investigation has been concluded.

The Health Department Spokesperson, Mondli Mvambi says Ratselane’s wounds may heal over time, the pictures of her in that vulnerable state will forever be online, a constant reminder of that traumatic period for both her and her children.  

“It is unimaginable what these pictures may do to here and the dignity of her children. As we know, our Medical Professionals may do wonders to reconstruct her seriously injured limb, but these photos will remain in the unguarded and uncontrolled public space and may cause further harm in her future attempts to regain her violated dignity. We send our well wishes to Dimakatso Ratselane and pray for her speedy recovery. We are with her children, family, colleagues and every member of our society who is affected by this atrocious act”

Free State Health Department Head, David Motau

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) are amongst those that have publicly condemned the attack on Ratselane and called on the government to deal with gender-based violence more decisively.


Meanwhile, a warrant for the apprehension of Ratselane’s husband – Mackenzie – has now been issued.

Ratselane and her husband were last seen leaving their home in Mandela View to fetch their children in Phase two township on 9 February.  It is believed an argument ensued between the couple enroute to the pick-up.

The Lesedi FM anchor was found at the aforementioned informal settlement covered in blood. She was in such a bad state, she could not speak. She had sustained multiple stab wounds to her body, including her face. Her husband is the primary suspect in the matter, and is now deemed a fugitive.

Police appeal to anyone who might come across the suspect to contact the head of the investigating team, Captain Paseka Mojaki on 082 553 7639 or call Crime Stop nr. 08600 10111.


Presh JM Reporter

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