Ex-hus­band beater wails in court

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Tanaka Mrewa

A WOMAN from Mpopoma in Bu­l­awayo who al­legedly beat up her ex-hus­band and looted his prop­erty burst into tears, beg­ging him to drop the charges be­fore the mat­ter went to trial.

Nozipho Khu­malo (25) caused a stir at the Western Com­mon­age set-down of­fice on Thurs­day last week when she be­gan call­ing Mr Maqhawe Mkhwananzi (35) with terms of en­dear­ment, ap­par­ently to melt his heart.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic watched from a dis­tance as Khu­malo, with tears gush­ing from her eyes, clung to Mr Mkhwananzi.

Ini­tially, sources said, she had been de­fi­ant, say­ing Mr Mkhwananzi had made up the charges against her be­cause he al­ways lost fights against her.

“She broke down when she learnt the grav­ity of her charges. She hung on to her hus­band’s arm and tried to sweet-talk him in be­tween tears to with­draw the charges,” said a wit­ness. Khu­malo wailed: “Please my love, for­give me. I’ll never re­peat the same mis­take. I just need one last chance. I’ll set things right be­tween us. If I go to prison what will hap­pen to my chil­dren.”

The news crew, drawn by the com­mo­tion, ob­served that Mr Mkhwanazi was un­moved by his ex-wife’s pleas.

“I feel no com­pas­sion for your crocodile tears,” he said dis­pas­sion­ately.

“You’ve been abus­ing me for too long yet you keep claim­ing that you will change. Just leave me alone please. I need to get some time away from you.”

Khu­malo said she was an­gry be­cause she had found Mr Mkhwanazi with his mistress.

“I went to my dar­ling’s house af­ter he called me say­ing he wanted us to rec­on­cile,” she ex­plained to no one in par­tic­u­lar, as tears con­tin­ued to stream down her cheeks.

“I took 37 bags of 10kg mealie-meal that were for sale, 10 Easy Waves re­lax­ers and a fridge among other gro­ceries in­clud­ing $560 cash from his house. All th­ese things are at my house please sweety, I can give you back ev­ery­thing. Just drop th­ese charges my love, I beg you,” said Khu­malo.

“I’m fed up with you,” a stolid Mr Mkhwananzi re­sponded. “Re­mem­ber you left my house to live next door. She left me for a guy called Gumede who owns a mine. I once passed them parked by the gate next door. She dis­em­barked and as­saulted me. I’ve too many scars that I got from her as­saults. She’s a very vi­o­lent woman.”

The mat­ter did not go to court as it was sent back to the po­lice sta­tion for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Charges against Khu­malo were as­sault, theft, phys­i­cal abuse and ma­li­cious dam­age to prop­erty.— @tan­nytkay

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