A man who allegedly stabbed his wife 50 times in Bryanston, Johannesburg, has attempted to commit suicide, the Randburg Magistrate’s Court heard on Wednesday.
The accused was in hospital under police guard, said prosecutor Yusuf Baba.
“Upon his discharge, he will be brought to court,” said Baba.
He would face a schedule six murder charge when he appeared in court on 28 August.
It was unclear when or how he had tried to commit suicide.
He was arrested in Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday after he went on the run following the stabbing at the weekend, said police.
Gauteng police spokesperson Captain Tsekiso Mofokeng said the injured woman was found by a passer-by at around 17:00 on Saturday.
On Sunday, ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak said the woman, believed to be in her late 30s, had sustained around 50 stab wounds.
“It is understood that another woman and her child were driving along Peter Place when the child noticed [the woman] lying near a boom gate at an office park,” Vermaak said.
“Paramedics found the injured woman barely responsive and breathing. Paramedics indicated that she [the victim] lost a vast amount of blood and counted approximately 50 stab wounds on her body.”
Vermaak said the woman was rushed to hospital for further care, but she died.