In an incident that has left the Emawabeni community in Esigodini shocked, a man allegedly severely assaulted his one-year-old baby boy after he found him crying, an Esigiodini magistrate heard.
Pharaoh Tavachera (30) pleaded not guilty to two counts of contravening the Domestic Violence Act when he appeared before magistrate Lungile Ncube. He was remanded in custody to October 6, 2010.
Prosecutor Nhlanhla Ndlovu told the court that on August 4 this year at around 5pm, Tavachera arrived at home and found his one-year-old son Gift Tavachera crying while his mother Nothando Moyo (23) was outside washing dishes.
He allegedly picked the child up and took a canvas shoe that he used to savagely flog the toddler.
It is the state’s case that the baby’s mother tried to restrain her husband from assaulting the toddler.
Tavachera allegedly turned on her, and slapped her.
He continued to assault the minor with the canvas shoe for over five minutes.
Later the child’s body started swelling and the mother took the child to Esigodini Hospital.
A report was made to the police, leading to Tavachera’s arrest.