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By Khetsiwe Khumalo | 2022-05-23

Mbabane - There was drama at Gobholo, Msunduza location in Mbabane yesterday when an angry mob took matters into their own hands and evicted a widower’s live-in lover and threw her belongings out of the house.

Although the woman was not present to witness the drama, she had moved in to stay with the widowed man after the passing of his wife.
the residents of the area were upset with how quickly the man had moved on after his wife’s death.

The man, Patrick Mavuso, could only watch helplessly as the residents moved in and out of his house, carrying items they believed belonged to his live-in lover.
The eviction happened in the presence of members of the Royal Kraal, who had given their blessing for this move to be carried out.

Prior to the drama unfolding, the Royal Kraal had instructed that area’s community police to be the ones to carry out the eviction exercise. However, the crowd had become impatient as the community police were not present at the time. As a result the mob demanded that the elders of the area be the ones to carry out the eviction.

The mob mostly consisted the youth of the area, including the deceased wife’s realatives, who were acting on a tip-off about the behaviour of their in-law. The items included a television set, fridge, kitchen cupboards, chairs and microwave, to mention a few.  

For his part, Mavuso could only give his approval for the items to be removed from his house after the mob had made it clear they would not leave the homestead without seeing to it that everything belonging to his lover was removed from the house.

Gobholo Royal Kraal Assistant Chairperson Mbhunu Mtshali, under Chief Mabhedla Hlophe, explained that the umphakatsi had received a complaint from residents of the area, who said they were not happy with the way things were unfolding at the Mavuso homestead after the wife’s passing.

“The residents were the first to report the matter, and were then followed by the Mnisi family, who are the late wife’s family,” said Mtshali.

He said they then summoned the Mavuso family on the extent of the allegations, who requested to meet first as a family before providing the answers to the matter.
He said they had been expecting to hear from the Mavuso family last week, however, when they failed to show up, the community demanded that the umphakatsi evict the lover out of the house before they take matters into their own hands.

A distraught Mavuso said he could not comment much on the incident.
“The dispute with the Mnisi family dates back some years, and I cannot even explain right now, but the long and short of it is that they want the home for themselves, which explains their behaviour,” said Mavuso.

Later in the day, Mavuso requested from the members of the Royal Kraal to allow him to fetch his own family to also witness what was happening as he faced the mob alone. It was later gathered that the Royal Kraal and Mavuso were in discussion over his lover being allowed to leave by the end of the week.

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