105 hours community service for assaulting father


A BULAWAYO man who assaulted his father accusing him of witchcraft has been ordered to perform 105 hours of community service after the State failed to locate the records of his previous convictions.


Tanaka Hindoga Ndlovu (19) initially denied the charge of insulting and assaulting his father Bayisana Ndlovu (50) when he appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Marilyn Mutshina. He later pleaded guilty saying he committed the offence in self-defence when his father threatened to assault him with a sjambok.

He then apologised to his father and the court.

Mutshina on Wednesday initially sentenced him to five months in jail before suspending two months on condition of good behaviour and again set aside the remainder on condition he performed 105 hours of community service at Baham Green Primary School in the city.

Prosecutor Dumisani Ndlovu told the court that on April 28, Ndlovu had a heated argument with his father whom he accused of practising witchcraft.

This incensed the old man who immediately stormed out of the house before Ndlovu locked him out.

Ndlovu later opened the door and pummelled his father with open hands, fists and feet.

The matter was then reported to police, leading to Ndlovu’s arrest.