After the death of her husband, Ruth Ndlovu’s life became unbearable as her in-laws accused her of being a witch who killed her husband.
They did not stop at that as they also accused the Old Lobengula widow of being a heartless witch who feeds on human flesh.
Her in-laws want her out of the family house and at times they throw her clothes outside the house. They have given her three months’ notice to vacate their family house.
Faced with this unbearable situation, Ruth had to apply for a protection order against her in-laws who include her late husband’s younger brother, Vumani Moyo.
“I’m applying for a protection order against my husband’s relatives that include his younger brother Vumani Moyo.
Since the passing on of my husband, I have faced torture. My husband’s relatives tarnished my reputation among my relatives and neighbours as they have quite often accused me of having killed my husband. They have labelled me a witch and this has emotionally drained me,” she said.
She added: “They have told me that I have to vacate their paternal home within three months from now. Whenever an argument ensues they would throw my clothes out of the house saying I’m no longer wanted at the house. They also have a tendency of labelling me a witch who feeds on human flesh. I pray this honourable court would grant me a protection order against my in-laws so that they would stop harassing me and chasing me out of the house.”
The presiding magistrate Jeconia Prince Ncube granted Ruth a protection order against Vumani Moyo and his relatives. The protection order instructs them not to verbally and emotionally abuse Ruth. They were also ordered not to evict her from the house.