A 25-year-old woman from Tshabalala with desires of a healthy life saw twinkle stars spinning around her head with echoes in her ears when her “husband” threw stallion punches on her head for asking for money to go to a clinic for a check-up.
Langelihle Sibanda hadn’t known that efforts for healthy living and asking for money from her “husband” Forward Majasi (29) to go for an HIV test could earn her punches.
The court heard that Sibanda and Majasi were on separation when the dramatic scene took place just before Food for Less at corner 11th avenue and Herbert Chitepo Street late last month around 8pm.
“I told him that I wanted to go for an HIV test at the clinic and asked him to give me money for it but he refused.
“He told me that he wasn’t interested in talking to me because of the separation that we were in. I kept on pressing for the money but he got violent with me,” stated Sibanda.
She said he punched her thrice on the head with fists and violently pushed her down.
“By the time I fell to the ground, many people had already gathered around us. They are the ones who helped me up as he didn’t want anything to do with me,” she added.
This prompted Sibanda to report her estranged “husband” at the Bulawayo Central Police Station.
However, Majasi was quick to defend himself in court by first clarifying his relationship with Sibanda.
“We are not husband and wife, but she is someone I used to date as my girlfriend before our separation.
“I didn’t assault her on purpose, she was blocking my way and it was getting very late as I wanted to go home. That’s why I got angry because she kept persisting that I wasn’t going anywhere before giving her the money,” said Majasi.
Sibanda who wasn’t able to go for the HIV test sustained a swollen head but did not seek medical attention.
Majasi pleaded guilty before Bulawayo magistrate Adelaide Mbeure at the Tredgold court. Guilty as charged, he was sentenced to pay a fine of $400 in two weeks or face four months of imprisonment.