Thursday, 14 April 2016


A Mvuma woman assaulted her husband and when he escaped to her mother’s homestead, Siphilisiwe Chivasa, also attacked her mother-in-law accusing her of meddling in her son’s marriage.

Siphilisiwe, 22, and her sibling Easter Chivasa, 24, appeared before Mvuma magistrate, Vimbai Makora, facing assault charges. The mother-in-law, Anna Mutema, suffered bruises all over her body.

The two sisters both of Baru Village in Mvuma pleaded guilty to the assault charge. They were each sentenced to 18 months in prison. Six months of their sentences were suspended on condition of good behaviour.

The magistrate described the duo’s actions as barbaric. Prosecuting, Bernard Nyoni said on March 25 this year at around 7PM, Mutema’s son had a misunderstanding with his wife Siphilisiwe.
Easter who had visited her sister intervened, taking her side. “Siphilisiwe and her sister Easter assaulted her husband who rushed to his mother’s place and reported the matter,” said Nyoni.

He said Mutema went to her son’s homestead in a bid to resolve the misunderstanding.
However, Nyoni said when she got there; the siblings attacked her accusing her of meddling in her son’s marriage.

“Unfortunately Easter who was very aggressive, charged angrily towards Mutema and started beating her up until she fell down,” said Nyoni.

“Siphilisiwe joined in and beat up Mutema and also twisted her right hand. Mutema sustained a fracture and was taken to Mvuma District Hospital for medication.”


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