Mum beats up son for eat­ing porridge with­out per­mis­sion

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Feature/national News - Sukul­wenkosi Dube-Matutu

A 29-YEAR-OLD Bulil­ima woman has been ar­rested af­ter she se­verely as­saulted her nine-year-old son for eat­ing porridge with­out her per­mis­sion.

Tshakahha Ncube of Nope­mano area is ex­pected to ap­pear in court on Novem­ber 10 by way of sum­mons fac­ing charges of ill treat­ing her child, Ngqabutho Ncube.

The vil­lage head of the area, Mr Isaac Ndlovu said the nine-year-old boy who was a Grade Three school dropout had sus­tained se­vere in­juries all over the body as a re­sult of mul­ti­ple as­saults by his mother.

“Ncube has been se­verely as­sault­ing her son but the com­mu­nity didn’t know about this un­til re­cently. The boy’s step­fa­ther knew about this as he used to wit­ness these at­tacks but he never re­ported them.

“Early this month Ngqabutho ate some porridge with­out his mother’s per­mis­sion. When she found out she se­verely as­saulted the boy with a stick,” he said.

Mr Ndlovu said one of the neigh­bours heard the boy scream­ing and be­came sus­pi­cious.

He said he was ap­proached by the vil­lager and he pro­ceeded to Ncube’s home­stead with a neigh­bour­hood watch com­mit­tee mem­ber to in­quire.

Mr Ndlovu said he found the boy with bruises from the at­tack and mul­ti­ple scars from pre­vi­ous as­saults.

“When we in­spected the boy’s body I no­ticed whip marks and scars all over his body and some were on his face. He told us that his mother was con­stantly beat­ing him up.

“He told us that he had eaten the porridge as he was hun­gry but his mother didn’t en­ter­tain his ex­pla­na­tion. We es­corted Ncube to the po­lice sta­tion where she was taken in for ques­tion­ing,” he said.

Mr Ndlovu said the scars which the boy had on his body where a sign that his mother was abus­ing him.

Ngqabutho’s grand­fa­ther, Mr Al­bert Ncube who also stays in the same vil­lage said the fam­ily was shocked to learn that his daugh­ter was ill treat­ing his grand­chil­dren.

He said they were also un­aware that he had dropped out of school.

“I was shocked to see the scars on my grand­child’s body as we were not aware that he was go­ing through such ter­ri­ble tor­ture. It ap­pears that his mother with­drew him from school be­gin­ning of third term as a way of pun­ish­ing him. “It is re­ally heart­break­ing that my daugh­ter could treat her bi­o­log­i­cal child in such a man­ner. The boy has scars all over his body from be­ing beaten up,” said Mr Ncube.—@


Tshakahha Ncube

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