Sukulwenkosi Dube, Plumtree Correspondent
A 78-YEAR-OLD woman from Bulilima has been granted a protection order against her 52-year-old stepdaughter whom she says has kicked her out her late husband’s homestead in Dombodema.
Flora Dube told a court that she did not want Knowledge Dube to set foot on her late husband’s homestead anymore because she was always insulting and threatening her.
“Knowledge has been trying to force me into leaving the homestead which I built together with my late husband. I stood beside my husband till his time of death in July last year while Knowledge had neglected him.
“Now she’s demanding that I leave the homestead which is Village 30 in Dombodema. She constantly insults me saying that I don’t belong in that homestead. Whenever I go there she tries to stop me from entering the house,” said the old woman.
Flora said her stepdaughter had since chased her away from the homestead and had gone on to change the locks on the doors without her knowledge.
She said Knowledge was now staying at the homestead.
“I want her out of the homestead because she doesn’t respect me as her mother. I also don’t want her close to me as she always insults me. She has to build her own homestead,” said the old woman.
Plumtree magistrate, Livard Philemon ordered Knowledge to stop insulting or threatening her stepmother.
He barred her from entering the homestead or preventing her step mother from occupying it.
Knowledge, who did not object to the protection order, however denied having insulted the old woman. She said the homestead was built by her father before he met her stepmother. She said her father had left her at the homestead when he moved to South Africa.
Knowledge said the old woman had always stayed in South Africa but she had recently returned home and was demanding control of the homestead.