Security guard jailed for genital mutilation

Sukoluhle Ndlovu

A 26-year-old woman from Zvishavane who made headlines after using a peg to pull pupils’ genitals has been slapped with a 12 months imprisonment term.

Choice Muzeti who was employed as a security guard at Gresham Primary School pleaded guilty to performing an indecent act on young persons when she was arraigned before Zvishavane magistrate Mr Shepherd Munjanja.

Muzeti pleaded with the court for lenience saying she thought she was helping the pupils.

“May this honourable court have mercy on me. When l did that, l was not aware that it’s a serious crime. I thought l was helping the young girls because l believe every woman must have elongated labia to curb prostitution in marriages,” she said.

Magistrate Munjanja sentenced Muzeti to 12 months in prison and three months were suspended on condition that she does not commit a similar crime in the next five years. The remaining nine months were wholly suspended on condition that she performs 315 hours of community service at Jairos Jiri Old People’s home.

It was the State’s case that on March 12, Muzeti who was on duty at the school premises met the first complainant (name withheld), in the company of other pupils. She called the first complainant to the toilet saying she wanted to check on something.

Upon entering the toilet, Muzeti instructed the pupil to remove her pants before stretching her labia using a peg, saying it was mandatory for every woman to do so.

While she performed the “act”, on the complainant, another pupil entered the toilet with the intention of relieving herself.

Muzeti instructed the second pupil to open her legs so she could check her labia. She also ordered the second complainant to lie down and she started stretching her labia.

Another pupil entered the toilet, and Muzeti also instructed her to lie down. She also performed the same act saying every woman was obliged to have elongated labia.

Muzeti then stood by the toilet door and called another pupil who was passing by. She also instructed her to lie down and performed the same act.

After their “sessions”, the four pupils narrated their ordeal to their teachers. The matter was reported to the police leading to Muzeti’s arrest.

Taurai Muzvimwe prosecuted.

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