Mum in court for beating $1 thief son
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