MBABANE – An elderly man, aged 66, has been arrested for accusing his wife (63) of promiscuity.
Boy Maseko of Egelekeceni in Ezulwini now stands charged for contravening Section 77(1)(C) of the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Act of 2018(SODV).
Maseko, who is a retired civil servant, unlawfully, emotionally, verbally abused and further insulted his wife, Florence Maseko, by saying she was having sexual relations with various men and was a prostitute.
The couple has been married for 39 years.
Section 77(1) (C) of the SODV stipulates that: ‘‘A person who emotionally, verbally and physically abuses another is guilty of contravening the Act and shall, on conviction, be liable to pay a fine of E5 000 or a term of imprisonment not exceeding 15 years.
The pensioner was also facing a charge of contravening Section 77(1) (A) of the same Act.
It is said that on June 24, 2019, he assaulted his wife Florence with a brick on the right foot once.
He yesterday appeared before Mbabane Magistrate Sifiso Vilakati. When the charges were read to him, he pleaded guilty to both.
The prosecution informed the court that there were no records of previous convictions against Boy but pointed out that there was a peace binding order between the couple.
According to the Crown, the peace binding order between the parties was made at the Mbabane Magistrates Court after Florence approached the court complaining that she was physically and emotional being abused by her husband.
According to the court record, the peace binding order was issued in December 2018.
Magistrate Vilakati found him guilty as per his own pleas and sentenced him to five months imprisonment on each count.
He was, however, ordered to pay a fine of E500 for each count.
“The sentences are wholly suspended for a period of one year. The peace binding of December 19, 2018 is revived,” ordered Magistrate Vilakati.
The wife, who was present in court, is, on the other hand, accusing Maseko of being in extra marital affairs with young girls from the area.
The complainant (wife) alleged that her husband has been accusing her of promiscuity for quite a long time and she has had enough of it.
Florence wondered how she could be promiscuous at her age.
Magistrate Vilakati warned Maseko that should he be found to have committed similar offences during this period, he would be sent to prison to serve the sentences.
In the same court, a man informed the court that he had decided to end a relationship between him and her girlfriend after she reported him to the police.
Sibusiso Sitebe of Bahai is facing a charge of contravening section 77(1) of the SODV Act.
He is alleged to have assaulted his former girlfriend Silungile Hlophe, with open hands, kicks and fists all over the body. When he appeared before Magistrate Vila-kati, Sitsebe submitted that he assaulted Hlophe because she was cheating on him.
He told the court that he had since decided to end the relationship.
Sitsebe pleaded guilty to the charge and he was sentenced to one-year imprisonment with the option of a fine which was fixed at E1 000.
Magistrate Vilakati suspended the sentence for six months.
Meanwhile, in May, our sister publication, the Times of Swaziland daily, reported that a total of 430 cases of the SODV Act cases had been reported in a space of eight months.
Inspector Zwakele Dla-mini, who was speaking during a Sexual Harassment and Corporate Bullying Symposium, said these were cases of rape under the Act, between August 2018 to March 2019.
Dlamini said there were 28 reported cases of sexual harassment and only four of unlawful stalking.
The inspector said sexual abuse and domestic violence were rampant offences in the country. According to Dlamini, not a single day passed without a report of such offences being made at the various police stations.
Meanwhile, findings of a recent study on Sexual Harassment in the private sector and NGOs by Eswatini Economic Policy Analysis and Research Centre (ESEPARC) revealed that at least 80 per cent of cases of sexual harassment in the private sector were unreported.
According to the study, one in five employees had experienced sexual harassment and 80 per cent of the cases were in the private sector and 95 per centre in the NGO sector went unreported.