In a bizarre incident, a 46-year-old man from Mahara Village in Chirumanzu assaulted his mother with fists for sleeping out.
The matter came to light when the man, Jacob Chinotovaira appeared before Mvuma magistrate Mr Tafadzwa Mhlanga facing one count of assault after he assaulted his 62-year-old mother Ronica Chishanu.
He pleaded guilty and was slapped with a 10-month jail term.
In his mitigation, Chinotovaira told the court that he felt disrespected by his mother who had decided not to sleep at home.
“Your worship, l felt disrespected and l did not like the way she responded to me after l asked her where she was. I am the head of our homestead and as such, she must show me some respect,” he said.
Magistrate Mhlanga condemned Chinotovaira’s actions saying what he did was unacceptable.
“You are supposed to protect your mother at all times, but you chose to assault her, which is not only violation of her rights but also unacceptable in our culture,” he said.
On April 27, and at around 7am, Chishanu returned to her home after spending the night at her other son’s homestead.
Chinotovaira inquired from her mother where she was coming from, and where she had spent the night.
Chishanu told Chinotovaira to leave her alone as he was not her husband. The reply proved to be a bitter pill for Chinotovaira to swallow and he charged towards his mother and assaulted her with fists before pushing her to the ground.
While she was on the ground, he kicked her countless times all over the body. The matter was reported to the police leading to Chinotovaira’s arrest.
Mr Kudzai Manyadza represented the State.