Man Appeals For Protection Order Against Violent Wife
A Bulawayo man approached the Bulawayo civil court and made an appeal for a protection order against his abusive wife.
Upon narrating his story he said that he tried to stop his wife from drinking and socialising too much with men and this made her violent. he also reported frequent battery and threat to his life as reasons for his prayers for a protection order.
I am applying for a protection order against my wife Tapiwa Mhlanga and we got married in 2016. She physically abuses me. She also consumes alcohol and unlawfully sells it at our house.
“Whenever I reprimand her about her drinking habits and her conduct of entertaining a lot of men at our house, she becomes violent and insults me. She also tears off my clothes. This happened on several occasions and I have made several reports at Barbourfields Police Station to no avail,” complained Dube
Zimeye reports that Dube also comments that he was not only living in an abusive marriage but also that his wife was economically abusing him.
“She is also economically abusive as she has been with my bank card for over three years and she doesn’t buy food in the house. I no longer feel safe at home,” he grumbled.
Mhlanga, who was not opposed to her husband’s application reported that her husband was the source of their marital disputes because of his infidelity.
“I am not opposed to his application for a protection order but he is the one who is behind the source of our problems. The other time he was working at Turk Mine, he was in the habit of going out with his friends and would switch off his phones. I later discovered that he was having an affair with a neighbour and I saw their pictures on the phone.
“As if that is not enough, I also caught him red-handed naked at Siphiwe Moyo’s house. When I tried to make a report at the police station, they made a counter-one that I had stolen their money amounting to $30. After busting him he approached my parents and asked for forgiveness. I, however, forgave him in a bid to save my marriage,” said Mhlanga.
The presiding magistrate Nomasiko Ndlovu granted a reciprocal order which compels the couple to keep the peace by not verbally and physically abusing each other.
The magistrate also ordered Mhlanga to return her husband’s bank card.