BULAWAYO, Friday, October 28, 1966 — Two Africans yesterday claimed they were legally married to one woman. Each told Bulawayo magistrate, Mr PJ McCarthy: ‘’I am legally married to her and she is still my wife.”
The woman, Theresa Sibisi, admitted that she married her first husband, Hudson in South Africa in 1958. On July 19 this year she married her second husband in the Civil Court, Bulawayo.
She was sentenced to £15 (or three months) when she was found guilty of bigamy.
Sibisi’s attorney, Mr Norman Sher, (of Wilmot and Bennett) told the court that bigamy was ‘’’very rare’’ among Africans.
On the other hand polygamous marriages were common and he asked the court to impose a suspended sentence.
The first husband said his marriage was happy until he found his wife with another man in June this year. He did not know she had married another man and he told the court : “She is still my wife.”
The second husband said he met her in Salisbury this year. He did not know she was married and he married her in Bulawayo.
He said: She is my wife. We are happy and I want to keep her.”
Meanwhile, a cat burglar climbed a drain pipe to enter a window of a flat in Connaught Avenue, Bulawayo and stole £6 10s., police reported yesterday.
A wheel barrow – making a total of eight taken in the City in six weeks – was stolen from the grounds of Milton Junior School on Wednesday. It is valued at £3 10s.