A granny from Mzilikazi suburb in Bulawayo came up with a shocking reason why she approached the court seeking a legal recourse against her son saying he threatened to 'fix' her by forcing her to watch him having sex with his girlfriend.
Hlalaphi Dube said the Biblical advice that one should respect his parents so that he or her days would be many on earth had no meaning for her son Jethro Dube who was in the habit of verbally and physically abusing her.
She said Jethro was also making her life miserable as he turns violent wherever she wants to reprimand him. The woman bared her troubled soul last week at the Bulawayo Civil Court where she was seeking a protection order against her son whom she accused of being very disrespectful.
"I am seeking a protection order against the respondent Jethro Dube who is my son. He is very violent towards me. He is in the habit of verbally and physically abusing me. He takes money from the tenants without my consent and yet that money is supposed to be for my upkeep. Jethro does not respect me as his mother. The other day he said he was going to fix me by bringing his girlfriend at home where he would force me to watch him having sex with her," she revealed.
In response, Jethro disputed his mother's claims saying she was lying so as to invite the magistrate's mercy as she was seeking a protection order against him.
"What she said is not true. I do not verbally or physically threaten her as she is claiming before this court. I really don';t know what she is talking about. She just wants to convince the court to grant the protection order against me," he claimed.
Despite his claims, the presiding magistrate, Marylene Mtshina, believed the elderly woman's claims and granted a protection order which bars Jethro from physically or verbally abusing his mother. He is also not allowed to collect rentals from tenants without his mother's consent.