Mathew Masinge, Court Reporter
A Harare woman attacked her daughter in-law with a wooden log accusing her of being cheap after she had eloped to her son.
The matter came to light yesterday when Judith Mazhandu appeared before a Harare court charged with the physical abuse.
Mazhandu was not asked to plead and to return on May 26 for a possible trial date.
She is believed to have attacked her daughter-in-law Shyline Ruwona after her son Tashinga Mazhandu indicated that he had ended things with her and wanted her gone.
Tashinga is also facing another charge for deprivation after he allegedly refused to let his ex-wife access some of her belongings.
He has also been asked to return on May 26 where the State intends to separate the record and provide Tashinga with a possible trial date.
According to the State, sometime in March the Mazhandus and Ruwona’s family convened a meeting after the young couple had a misunderstanding.
“On March 20th I was called by my father-in-law to attend to a meeting at his house in Westgate where I was staying with my husband since I had eloped to him in December 2020.
“On arrival I was told to pack my things and go back to my parents’ house in Waterfalls and immediately packed some of my possessions into my bags.
“During the process I asked my ex-husband Tashinga to return a jacket he had taken without my consent.
“He refused to give it back before shouting at me using obscenities,” reads a statement by Ruwona.
The couple agreed to end their marriage in front of both families before Ruwona immediately started packing her bags.
During the process, Ruwona alleges that Tashinga refused to give her some of her clothes thereby depriving her of what’s truly hers before another misunderstanding ensued.
Further allegations are that, noticing the misunderstanding, Tashinga’s mother (Judith) who was standing outside armed herself with a wooden log and hit Ruwona at the back of her head.
Ruwona fell down unconscious and was later rushed to a nearby hospital where she remained unconscious for days before she was referred to Parirenyatwa.
She was later examined and a medical affidavit will be presented in court.