Child re­jects mother in court

Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS -

AFTER all has been said and done, Nokuphila Nkonyane went back home de­jected fol­low­ing her child’s re­fusal to go with her.

The so­cial wel­fare team had ac­com­pa­nied her to Here­fords where the child is be­ing looked after by the fam­ily of the fa­ther. How­ever, she came back empty handed as it is said the child failed to recog­nise her and cried hys­ter­i­cally when she at­tempted to go with her.

There­fore, the so­cial work­ers ad­vised her to leave the child be­hind as force­fully go­ing with her would neg­a­tively af­fect the child. She was ad­vised to give the child time to bond with her and get used to her be­fore tak­ing her to be un­der her cus­tody.

The mat­ter could not pro­ceed last week due to Mag­is­trate Si­fiso Vi­lakati be­ing en­gaged with a litany of peace bind­ing mat­ters.

The fail­ure to meet the mag­is­trate re­sulted in Nkonyane cry­ing and later col­lapsed at the court premises. When she woke up, she con­tin­ued com­plain­ing that the court was fail­ing her as she wanted her child to be un­der her cus­tody.

She al­leged that the child was stay­ing with the girl­friend of her ex-lover, which hap­pens to be the fa­ther of the child.

Nkonyane caused a scene that lasted for at least twenty min­utes as she was later joined by her mother who also com­plained that the court was not help­ing her daugh­ter.

How­ever, the ac­tions of the child in ques­tion hin­dered her wishes of hav­ing the child un­der her cus­tody as the so­cial work­ers said they could not al­low her to take the child since it was clear she was not com­fort­able around her.

The Mba­bane Mag­is­trate’s Court.

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