A 32-year-old man from South Africa who was caught on camera stabbing his wife 20 times has been admitted to a mental health facility.

The attempted murder of Ntembeko Myalo’s wife, Sinoxolo, a 26-year-old student at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), led to his arrest on November 11, 2023.

On Monday, November 27, a statement from Eric Ntabazalila, a spokesman for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), confirmed the development.

“Attempted murder accused Ntembeko, who allegedly stabbed his wife, who is a student at CPUT, has been referred for mental evaluation,” Ntabazalila reported.

“After doing an examination this morning, a district surgeon suggested that Myalo be transported to Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospital for a 30-day mental assessment. While awaiting a spot at the facility, he will stay under detention.”

It was learned that the accused, a University of the Western Cape student, reportedly used two knives to enter the South Point residence, which houses CPUT students.

He allegedly cut into the mother of two while the terrified students looked on helplessly.

Another student took video footage of the incident where male students could be seen helping Sinoxolo.

An outsider managed to disarm Myalo and he was assaulted before the police whisked him away.

The victim, Sinoxolo works in the Peer Help programme where she gives counselling support to students.

She is currently recovering in an undisclosed hospital.

In his first appearance at the Bellville Magistrate’s Court, it was heard that Myalo faced a rape charge committed before the stabbing.

Last week, through his lawyer, he told the court that he wasn’t well and a recommendation that he goes to a district surgeon was made.