A father is searching for their domestic worker because he believes she brutally attacked and stabbed the mother of his three children with a bread knife at their flat.

The man, who declined to be named, said his 48-year-old-wife, Fathima, was recovering in hospital after she was stabbed about 15 times in the head, neck and jugular.

Her hand was also injured as she tried to defend herself. Their 15-year-old son found her lying on the bathroom floor.

The domestic worker was on the run, said the husband.

He said he had picked up his 15-year-old son from school and dropped him off outside the flat before heading back for work.

“I called my wife on her cell and our son answered. He was in shock. He told me he heard a noise and found his mother lying in the bathroom and that I must come upstairs quickly.

“When I got there, she was battling to speak. She said: ‘I’m not making it’ and told our son to take care of his two elder sisters.”

When paramedics had failed to arrive, the husband asked for men to help him get his wife to hospital.

They carried the woman to his car and drove her to hospital.

“She was in ICU until Sunday. She is struggling to talk. My family, especially my son, is traumatised. The maid took everything she wanted. Why stab my wife so brutally?” he said.

He said had he or his wife kept a copy of the domestic worker’s ID, as police repeatedly advised employers to do, it would have helped in the search for her.

They did in fact ask her for her ID twice but both times she claimed she had forgotten it.

Police spokeswoman Captain Nqobile Gwala said a case of attempted murder had been opened at Mayville SAPS.