My name is …… I am a 21-year-old university student currently working in the real estate industry.
I would like to lodge a complaint on Dr Tinovimba Mhlanga for violating me sexually.
I went to his practice on Eastcourt road in Belvedere, Harare on Sunday at 1pm for the second time to discuss, plan the protocol for donation and possibly get the medication I needed to ovulate and get my eggs harvested as an egg donor.
I had initially requested that I see him on Thursday 11 March 2021 at 12pm (conversation screenshot attached with this email) to which he confirmed but on the morning of 11 March 2021, he let me know that he had travelled to South Africa and would be back on Saturday 13 March 2021 and he requested to see me on Sunday 14 March 2021 instead. I agreed.
When I arrived at 1257pm just in time for my appointment, I spoke to the lady at the reception who then directed me to Dr Mhlanga’s office. I got in and he pleasantly greeted me as I had not seen him in a while from the first time, I came to the IVF center. He started to ask me how business was going in my industry to which I replied as a courtesy.
He then began to let me know about the donor recipient’s story after I requested that I want to know who my eggs are donated to. In between this conversation, he was asking me the last time I had sex which was pertinent as he needed to know but he was also asking me the positions I used during my sexual encounter and he told me about the pill he gave his male client so that they last longer during sex.
He then explained to me that he had to do the HIV test again as well as the internal scan like he did the first time.
He did the HIV test (photo attached with this email) and he asked me to go empty my bladder for the scan to which I asked why some hospitals need you to have a full bladder and some do not then he said the full bladder is required for an external scan. I came from the lavatory and he directed me to the scanning room where he would do the scan.
He explained that I should remove my clothes and put them on a chair that was opposite the bed then I could get on the bed and cover myself with the sheet that was folded on the bed. He left the room and said he would be back in two minutes.
I removed my green jumpsuit and my underwear but I kept my bra on then I went onto the bed and covered myself with the blanket and waited for him to come and do the scan.
He came in and put some gloves on. He proceeded to open my legs into a butterfly position and he began to check my vagina as would be normal in an examination before the scan began. He stuck his finger into my vagina and began pressing onto my pubic area with the other hand which was still fine with me at this point.
He removed his finger which had a little bit of discharge and he smeared it onto my clitoris. He began rubbing my clitoris with his finger continuously. He started alternating between sticking his fingers into my vagina going back and forth and rubbing my clitoris which made me feel uncomfortable.
I asked him the reason why he was doing that and how it helped with the scan and he said that he needed to check for infection which can only be done through checking discharge. I had plenty of discharge at this point so I did not understand why he continued doing that. He rubbed my clitoris until I started to feel pain and when I told him, he stopped and saw my belly ring. He played with it for a moment and asked me if it was painful to get.
He told me to get off the bed and he bent me over facing the bed. He continued to put his finger in my vagina going back and forth. At this point I knew it was not a normal examination as he was pressing himself against me while doing this. He asked me what was on my mind and I said I had plenty of viewing appointments to execute on Monday. He eventually stopped and removed my bra which was the only clothing item I had on and asked me to get on the bed.
He then proceeded to put a condom on the scanning machine to do the internal scan and let me know that I had no fibroids, cysts and that I was due for my period but everything was fine.
When he completed the scan, I got off the bed and went closer to the chair where I had put my clothes. He asked me if I had ever had a breast examination to which I said no. He came from behind me and started fondling my breast for a couple of moments with heavy breathing.
He then came to the front and started explaining how the examination is done. When he was done, he went on to fold the sheet I covered myself with on the bed and said he would help me get dressed when he was done.
I was rushing to get dressed at this point. I had my underwear on and I was starting to put on my jumpsuit, he tugged at my underwear before he left the room. I finished getting dressed and I went to his office.
He then proceeded to call the donor recipient to coordinate dates for which he would put her on the pill and start injecting me. He made an indication of starting on the 10th of April.
As I was making my way to leave, he grabbed onto my hand and tried to pull me closer to him to kiss me but I shook him off. He asked me what I was doing afterwards and I said I was going to the office. I checked the time and it read 1409pm.
I left and bid farewell to the nurse at the reception who was about to escort an elderly woman who had also come through to see the doctor.
As I drove away, I called my colleague Neville to let him know what happened (call recording attached with this email).
I then drove to LongChen plaza where I wrote down a recollection of what had happened.
I drove around to clear my head and to buy food as I eat when I am stressed. I drove home and passed by my friend’s house to tell him what happened.
When I got home and used the bathroom, I felt pain and a burning sensation, I checked myself and saw that I was inflamed. I decided to go to Parktown hospital to see my Dr. I called him to ask if he was in that day and he said no but there was another doctor on duty. I told that doctor my story and he decided that my doctor would assess.
The next day, (Monday 15 March 2021) I went to see my doctor with my friend as he was now on duty. I told him my story and asked him to assess me as I had been inflamed the previous day. He let me know that he would not be able to assess me and that I needed to go to Harare hospital or the Main hospital in Mbare. He also advised me that I should report this matter to the MDPZ before I went to the police.
I went to Harare hospital and they opened a file for me. The doctor and nurse assessed me and they saw that I had redness and bruising on my vagina and clitoris (photo of the card he gave me after assessment attached with this email). I also got counselling afterwards.
Today,(16 March 2021) Dr Mhlanga contacted me to organise a viewing appointment for a property he is interested in purchasing. I let him know that my colleague would take him through. He asked me if I could come instead (conversation screenshot attached with this email) but I am not comfortable to see him again.
I then proceeded to ask him why he behaved in the way he did and he let me know that he was sorry if I made him uncomfortable and that he would have a nurse present in the next examination (conversation screenshot attached with this email).
This is my story. I felt sexually violated and I feel that Dr Tinovimba Mhlanga should be held accountable for his actions
I kindly request that you attend to my matter and evaluate this situation.
The matter was reported to the police leading to Mhlanga’s arrest.
Mhlanga (36) was facing indecent assault charges when he appeared before Harare magistrate Mr Dennis Mangosi.
He was remanded out of custody on his own recognition since he came to court from home.