A TERRIFIED woman said she was relieved when a family member was arrested for allegedly attempting to murder her.

But then she heard the relative was out and roaming the streets.

“She almost killed me because she wanted me to give her my mum’s pension grant,” claimed the 53-year-old woman from KwaMashu, northern KZN.

She said the relative (37) attacked her earlier this month.

“I was sitting in the lounge when my relative came in.

“She threw a kettle of boiling water at me, burning my face.

“I tried to escape but she followed me and stabbed my head with a knife.”

She said she passed out and woke up in hospital but went home after nurses put stitches in her head.

“My neighbours said they thought I was dead.”

She said she reported the matter to the police and the relative was arrested.

“But now I’ve heard she has been released,” she said.

She claimed the relative first started beating her up in 1998.

“The beatings stopped after neighbours intervened, but the nightmare started all over again in 2010.

“In 2012 my mum chased her out of the house but this year she begged me to let her come back because she was sick.

“I took her in but this time she almost killed me.”

Police spokeswoman Colonel Thembeka Mbhele said the 53-year-old woman was allegedly stabbed and burnt by a 37-year-old woman.

Mbhele said: “The suspect was arrested and appeared in the Ntuzuma Magistrates Court, where she was released on bail. The case was postponed to 31 October.”