A school-going boy from Harrisvale suburb who deserted home to stay with neighbours after his uncle discovered traditional herbs mixed with human hair in his school bag was sternly ordered by a Bulawayo Civil Court magistrate to return home.
Magistrate Sheunesu Matova dismissed Methembe Sibanda’s application for a protection order against his uncle Pardon Dube saying it lacked evidence of abuse.
This was after he had claimed that his uncle was abusive and evicted him from his house on 10 August after he came back home late from town where he had sent him on foot to buy mealie-meal.
In response, Pardon said his nephew was very stubborn and disrespectful as he was always coming home late, after leaving unannounced and bringing traditional herbs mixed with human hair into the house.
“From your application I found no evidence of abuse. It’s clear that you just had an argument with your uncle after you returned home late and this was further strained when you decided to seek refuge at your neighbour’s house.
“This also strained your uncle’s relationship with his neighbours. You don’t have the right to stay at a neighbour’s house when your uncle is the one who took you from your parents.
“If you have problems consult other family members and sort them out. I am granting an order that after this court session you should go back to your uncle’s house,” ruled the magistrate.
The magistrate also “warned” Pardon’s neighbour Rowen Dube and his wife that it was not proper for them to stay with Sibanda without his relatives’ blessings.
“There is nothing wrong with what you did when you welcomed him (Sibanda) into your house especially taking into consideration the fact that he had nowhere to go after his uncle chased him away.
“But if something bad happens to the boy when he’s under your custody without his parents or relatives’ blessings you will face the consequences. So my advice to you is that let him go back to his uncle and sort their problems on their own,” he said.
Meanwhile, there was drama after the court session when Rowen and his wife charged towards a B-Metro news crew threatening to beat them up for taking pictures.
The couple created a scene at the courts when they manhandled the photographer, trying to confiscate the camera.
Primary and Secondary Education minister Lazarus Dokora last week told Senate that his ministry would soon take stern action against schools that failed to protect pupils from bullies.
by VENERANDA LANGA
Does Zimbabwe have the highest adult literacy rate in Africa? The country’s Financial Gazette recently reported as much, claiming that “Zimbabwe leads Africa in having an adult literacy rate of over 90%”.
PRETORIA—A Zimbabwean PhD candidate at the University of Pretoria has started carrying out research to investigate the impact of Chinese investment in the southern African country.
Maureen Kademaunga says she chose ...
JOHANNESBURG – South African music legend Yvonne Chaka Chaka is grateful to be alive. This is after the star was caught in the crossfire of a shooting between cops and hijackers in Midrand that left […]
NEW YORK – NEW YORK A federal judge has dismissed a $7 million lawsuit accusing Jay Z of breach of contract and copyright infringement against a Bronx, New York clothing designer who claimed to have […]
Music stars Beyonce and Justin Bieber lead the nominations for this year’s MTV Europe Music Awards, earning five nods each at the major music event. Beyonce is in the running for Best Video for her […]