The enraged woman saddled her sleepy spouse and started punching, scratching and kicking him. Fikile fell out of bed and the fight erupted, leaving Fikile with deep scratches up to 20cm long across his chest and his wife with her lip split open.
Then Mpumelelo hid in the bathroom and even dispersed pepper-spray to keep her husband out of the room.
But somehow Fikile managed to restrain his infuriated wife and called the police. The woman was arrested and charged with domestic battery.
While the majority of domestic violence victims are women, abuse of men happens far more often than people used to think.
It takes many of the same forms as it does against women: physical violence, intimidation and threats, se_xual, psychological, verbal and financial abuse, property damage etc.