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‘My son belittled, humiliated me’

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A 50-YEAR-OLD Bulawayo resident, Basiyana Ndlovu, yesterday told magistrate Merylin Mutshina that he felt degraded, humiliated and belittled after his own son assaulted and labelled him a wizard.

BY SILAS NKALA

Ndlovu made the remarks during trial of his 19-year-old son, Tanaka Hindoga Ndlovu, on charges of violating the Domestic Violence Act.

Tanaka, who last week pleaded not guilty to the charge, yesterday changed his plea saying he assaulted his father in self-defence after the latter threatened to assault him with a sjambok on April 28 this year.

“He is the one who started assaulting me, it’s not true that I was the first to attack him,” Ndlovu said .

The father said: “I felt belittled, humiliated and insulted when my son assaulted me and called me Jack, John and Sonny. I felt too bad.”

The State then indicated that Tanaka had previous cases in which he appeared in court charged with assaulting his father and insulting him.

The magistrate even indicated that she once dealt with Tanaka in a similar case and would want the State to find out all cases where he was accused of assaulting his father.

She remanded him in custody to May 6 for sentence after he apologised to his father and the court. But the magistrate said

he needs to be incarcerated if proven guilty since it appeared it was his habit to humiliate his father.

The State alleges that sometime last year, Ndlovu was charged with the same offence before his father dropped the charge.

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