WE have been socialised to believe that mothers in-law are overbearing, always meddling, and the greatest source of misery that a relationship could be exposed to.
But whether the stereotype is true or simply a fallacy, the reality that there are toxic daughters-in-law should not be hidden or avoided. A Bulawayo woman shared her unique experiences with her alcoholic daughter-in-law describing their relationship as “toxic” and a tenuous one.
Zhuwana Ncube from Northend suburb claimed her relationship with daughterin-law Fisani Mdlongwa from Sauerstown was causing her long-term unhappiness and stress. Ncube, who was seeking a protection order at the Bulawayo Civil Court, said her daughter-in-law was subjecting her to an unprovoked and unwarranted violent verbal attack full of expletives and threats.
She told the court that her daughter-in-law was disrespectful as she was in the habit of calling her a pr0stitute.
“I am applying for a protection order against my daughter-in-law. She does not respect me. She shouts at me with vul_gar language in front of people yet I am the one who is looking after her children. She is always drunk and is not able to look after her children aged five and eight years old. I wish to obtain a protection order against her so that I will be able to look after her children in peace,” said Ncube.
She insisted that her daughter-in-law was incredibly difficult to “deal” with her.