A son-in-law was allegedly left in his boxers, nursing swollen testicles and bleeding from the mouth after he was severely assaulted by his in-laws for bashing their daughter.
Last week on Wednesday Buhlebenkosi Mkhwananzi (29) fled to a police station after her husband, Frank Mpala (35) locked her in the house and beat her for asking when her mother should visit them.
The following day, Frank beat his wife again, this time for reporting him to the police. Buhlebenkosi had to phone her father, Lungelwe Mkhwananzi (64), who teamed up with his wife, Patricia Mkhwananzi (53) and other family members and headed to Buhlebenkosi’s place.
When they got there, Mkhwananzi charged at his son-in-law for physically abusing his daughter. Mkhwananzi thumped Frank with a knobkerrie until it broke.
The livid Mkhwananzi rained fists on his hapless son in-law who tumbled to the ground, the court heard.
As if that was not enough the fuming father-in-law kicked his son-in-law all over the body and one of kicks landed on the private parts, resulting in Frank’s testi_cles swelling.
While he was writhing on the ground, his mother-in-law beat him with an umbrella all over the body and hit him with a pot on the head, the court heard.
Somehow Frank had to dig deep and summoned the power to hit his father-in- law on the face with a clenched fist, the court heard.
His sister-in-law stepped in and beat a bleeding Frank, tore his shirt and trousers, leaving him in a boxer short.
Frank reported the matter at Tshabalala police station leading to the arrest of Mkhwananzi, his mother-in-law and his wife. Other family members were picked up by police this week on Monday.
They appeared before magistrate Jeconia Prince Ncube at Western Commonage Magistrate Courts, facing physical abuse charges.
They were not asked to plead and were remanded out of custody to 28 April for commencement of trial.
Rosemary Mbeure appeared for the state.