A spurned woman threatened to burn down the house of her estranged husband with their three children inside allegedly as punishment for ending their relationship, a court heard.
Sandra Gotosa reportedly issued the threats after her husband Farai Gotosa kicked her out of their matrimonial house in Bulawayo’s Pumula South suburb.
Fearing that his estranged wife might live true to her threats, Farai approached the Bulawayo Civil Court seeking a protection order against her.
“I have three kids with my wife Sandra Gotosa. We have been on separation for the past six months because of some of the issues pertaining to our relationship. We no longer trust each other and when she moved out of our matrimonial, she left the children with me. I don’t want her to come to my house or workplace since there is no longer trust between us and also because of her abusive behaviour.
“She threatened to burn me in the house together with the children. She is also abusing the children and at one point when she took them, she threatened to kill herself and the children,” said Farai.
He said Sandra should not come to his house and workplace.
“She can call me only in connection with the children or if she wants to come and see them. Since we are in the process of divorcing, I want us to live peacefully until our divorce is finalised at the High Court,” suggested Farai.
Sandra accused her estranged husband of being the one who is violent.
“It’s true that we are on separation and I’m now staying at a friend’s place after he chased me away from our matrimonial home on 9 February this year.
He is the one who is abusing me and he assaulted me before he burnt my t-shirt when I went to see the children. I am also no longer interested to stay with him,” she said.
A reciprocal order was granted by the presiding magistrate who ordered both parties not to verbally and physically threaten each other.