SHE thought she had found the love of her life when she met her boyfriend seven years ago.

But the fairytale ended when he started abusing her. She has been dragged naked with a car, bashed with bricks and beaten with iron rods and logs.

The 36-year-old from Marry Me in Mamelodi, east of Tshwane, is now asking for help to escape the father of her three kids.

“He also promised to kill me. I tried to run away a couple of times, but he always catches up with me."

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She said her boyfriend started to abuse her weeks after they started dating.

The woman, who is a Mozambican, said her boyfriend threatened to have her deported when she told him she was going to report him to the police.

“He also promised to kill me. I tried to run away a couple of times, but he always catches up with me.

She said her boyfriend dragged her with his car for almost 50 metres when she tried to run away in 2019.

The final straw was this weekend when her boyfriend hit her with a brick in the eye. Residents intervened and he fled.

The woman’s neighbour (44) said they were tired of watching the boyfriend turn her into a punching bag.

She said they tried to get the woman to report him to the police, but she told them she was scared he’d kill her and her children. “We chased after the boyfriend when we heard her scream, but he outran us.”

Boitumelo Mashakeng (36) from Vhathu Phanda Community Forum Women Brigade said they condemned gender-based violence.

“She’s injured and we want the boyfriend arrested,” she said.

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Gauteng police spokesman Captain Mavela Masondo said the woman should immediately open a case.

“The investigating officer must be informed about the threats and intimidation by the boyfriend,” he said.

Daily Sun tried to get hold of the boyfriend, but his phone was off.

City of Tshwane acting chief of staff, Jordan Griffiths, said they needed details of the household and the family.

“If we get these details we can assign a social worker to investigate and assess the situation, and try to provide counselling to her. There are mechanism to provide conselling and social relief for such incidents and get details to our Social Development Department,” he said.