A MAN from Nyamandlovu in Matabeleland North was slapped with 210 hours community service last Thursday for striking his wife with an iron bar on both hands and kicking her several times for not doing laundry.
Johnson Sigauke (50) pleaded guilty to a domestic violence charge when he appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Takundwa Witness Mtetwa sitting at the Mbembesi Circuit Court.
He was convicted and sentenced to nine months in jail, but three months were suspended for five years on condition of good behaviour and the remaining six months suspended on condition he performs 210 hours community service at George Silundika Secondary School starting today.
The sentence came despite his wife Sibongile Maphosa (34) filing an affidavit seeking the withdrawal of the charge saying Sigauke had apologised for the assault and she had forgiven him.
However, Mtetwa said Sigauke had to be punished for assault to deter him from repeating a similar offence in future.
The court heard that on March 18 at around 7am, Sigauke and Maphosa were at home when he accused her of not doing laundry.
Maphosa told him not to worry about the laundry as she knew that it was her duty to do it.
This response did not go down well with Sigauke who picked up an iron bar and stuck her several times on the hands and kicked her in the face.
She sustained injuries on both hands and face.
She went to hospital before making a report to the police, leading to Sigauke’s arrest.