A pregnant Bulawayo woman took an unusual method of protest when she allegedly tore her undergarments to make a point that her husband was allegedly failing to fend for her and her mother-in-law.
As if that was not enough to show her displeasure against her husband Lewis Marotiâ€™s irresponsible behaviour, Nqobile Thebe moved out of her matrimonial home to stay with two male neighbours.
Lewis bared his wifeâ€™s strange protest at the court where he had been dragged to answer charges of disturbing his wife and mother Getrude Marotiâ€™s peace.
Gogo Maroti said her son was violent and was always in the habit of verbally and physically abusing his wife.
â€śHe beats up his wife in my presence and whenever I reprimand him not to do it he threatens to kill me and burn down the house. I am now living in fear as a result of his violent behaviour,â€ťÂť said Gogo Maroti.
Supporting her mother-in-law Thebe said:â€ťLewis is always physically abusing me with an iron rod while accusing me of infidelity. He keeps a knife which he is also threatening to kill me with.
â€śWhen he beats me up he locks the door so that I cannot escape. He is constantly abusing me despite the fact that I am three months pregnant.â€ť
In response, Lewis said his violent conduct was being caused by his wifeâ€™s infidelity.
â€śWe usually fight but itâ€™s not an everyday thing. The reason why we once fought is that I bought her some undergarments.
â€śTrouble started when she tore them before she took some of her clothes and moved out of the house to stay with two other men staying next to our house.
â€śShe was accusing me of having failed to support her. Her boyfriends are also in the habit of coming to our place and standing by our gate,â€ťÂť said Lewis.
When he was asked by the presiding magistrate Sheunesu Matova why he suspected that the men who were coming to the gate were his wifeâ€™s boyfriends, Lewis said: â€śThey are the same men she once eloped to when she deserted me, Your Worshipâ€ťÂť.
However, the magistrate ordered him not to verbally, emotionally and physically abuse both his mother and wife.
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