Mum in court for beat­ing $1 thief son

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Andile Tshuma Court Re­porter

A 35-YEAR-OLD Bu­l­awayo wo­man has ap­peared in court for lash­ing and in­jur­ing her 12-year-old son after he had al­legedly stolen his sis­ter’s $1,50 bus fare.

Noku­lunga Dube of Nketa 9 sub­urb ap­peared be­fore West­ern Com­mon­age mag­is­trate Ms Tancy Dube charged with ill-treat­ment of a child. She pleaded guilty and was re­manded out of cus­tody to Oc­to­ber 31 for sen­tence.

Mag­is­trate Dube cas­ti­gated the wo­man for sub­ject­ing her son to in­hu­man treat­ment that she de­scribed as not being moth­erly.

“I think you should be taught about motherhood a bit. You de­serve some jail time so that you can re­form. I do not un­der­stand how some­one can be so cruel to their own child,” said the mag­is­trate.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Mr Mu­faro Mageza said Dube as­saulted her son after she dis­cov­ered that he had stolen some money from the house. “On Septem­ber 29 this year at around 6AM, the ac­cused per­son was look­ing for $1,50 which had gone miss­ing and she found it in the com­plainant’s satchel,” said Mr Mageza. Dube then as­saulted the com­plainant with an elec­tric cable all over the body un­til he sus­tained some in­juries. She also struck him sev­eral times on the head with the tip of a stiletto shoe. The mi­nor sus­tained whip marks all over the body and a med­i­cal report was pro­duced in court as an ex­hibit. The mat­ter came to light when the boy’s teacher no­ticed some bruises and marks on his cheeks and asked what had hap­pened to him. He al­legedly nar­rated his or­deal to the teacher, who then called the ju­ve­nile’s fa­ther to the school. The boy’s fa­ther went and con­fronted Dube be­fore pro­ceed­ing to the po­lice to make a report, lead­ing to her ar­rest. -@ andile_t­shuma

Noku­lunga Dube

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