Family feud. . . Residents association intervenes

Danisa Masuku

A family feud pitting a Bulawayo woman and her sister in-law whom she accused of inviting a prophet to their house to conduct a cleansing ceremony while claiming she was a witch has taken another “exciting” twist.

This was after a residents association in Pumula East intervened in the quarrel between Nethi and Ndakaitei Chikwena calling for the latter to be evicted from their house in the suburb so that she can go and stay at another family house in Pumula North.

This was after they received numerous reports that Ndakaitei was in the habit of verbally and physically abusing her sister-in-law.

What irked the residents association committee was that when they summoned Ndakaitei for a meeting she failed to turn up on several occasions.

Verbal abuse – image taken from Shutterstock

In their application for an eviction order against Ndakaitei, Pumula East Residents Association chairperson Julius Sibanda said after they noted that the pair could not stay together they wanted Ndakaitei to be evicted from their house in the suburb so that she could go and stay at another family house in Pumula North.

Sibanda said Nethi and her sister-in-law have been staying together at the house which is owned by Nethi’s husband.

But things turned south last year when Ndakaitei started verbally abusing Nethi while branding her a prostitute.

Sibanda said after that Ndakaitei brought a prophet purportedly to cleanse the house and while the prophet was praying in the house he held Nethi by her head and started shaking it.

This, however, did not go down well with Nethi who asked Ndakaitei why she had brought the prophet to their home and she turned violent before she started assaulting her.

Physical abuse

Nethi reported the incident to the police leading to Ndakaitei’s arrest.

Ndakaitei was convicted and sentenced at Western Commonage Court.

Sibanda said following that incident they noted that the pair could not stay together and therefore recommended that Ndakaitei relocate to another family house in Pumula North suburb.

Ndakaitei however, filed a counter application alleging that Nethi was the one who was verbally, physically abusing her and was evicting her from the family house.

Nethi denied ever verbally and physically abusing her.

She also stated that the residents association had also applied for Ndakaitei to be evicted so that she can go and stay at another family house in Pumula North.

That, however, led her (Ndakaitei) application to be dismissed by the presiding magistrate Sikhethile Moyo.

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