A 18-YEAR-OLD girl, who is the second wife of a Lusulu man in Binga, last year laced food she served her husband and the older wife with some traditional medicine which she was told was a charm to make them hate each other.
However, her charms backfired as the couple suffered from constipation and severe vomiting.
The girl, who cannot be named to protect her identity, pleaded guilty to a charge of assault when she appeared before Binga resident magistrate Stephen Ndlovu, who convicted, but suspended sentencing her.
“The passing of a sentence is hereby postponed for five years on condition the accused does not in the period get convicted on the offence involving assault,” Ndlovu.
In her plea, the girl said she was jealous that her husband and the senior wife were deeply in love and they both hated her so she wanted to separate them through the use of the charm.
“I was jealous because they loved each other so much and they hated me. The medicine I administered is called mancube and it does not kill,” she said.
“I did that so that when they eat together in one plate they will hate each other.”
Prosecutor David Never Shiku told the court that on October 13 last year, the young wife, who stays with husband Robert Nkomo (23) and the senior wife Sibusisiwe Ncube (21), prepared vegetables and isitshwala/sadza for supper.
Before serving the meal to her husband and senior wife in a single plate, she laced the vegetables with a powdered traditional medicine. It was the State’s case that the two ate the meal and were constipated soon after eating. They later started vomiting and reported the matter to the police after discovering that the junior wife had laced their food with some traditional medicine.