A BULAWAYO woman who is also a police officer ran foul of the law when she was arrested for allegedly whipping her nine-year-old stepdaughter with an electric cord.
Shelita Zulu from Mahatshula North and stationed at Queens Park Police Station is being accused of repeatedly beating her stepdaughter and inflicting injury.
Records say on an unknown date but sometime in June this year a fight ensued between Zulu’s stepdaughter and another minor child who also stays at the same house.
It is reported that Zulu intervened and instead of disciplining the two, she allegedly assaulted her stepdaughter several times all over the body with an electric cord.
It is yet to be proven that the alleged brutal assault was committed on top of the numerous abuses that she was perpetrating on the minor child.
After the alleged abuse the minor child reportedly sustained injuries and it was later discovered by her mother who took her to the hospital for treatment.
The matter was reported to the police leading to Zulu’s arrest.
Zulu has since appeared in court facing a charge of ill-treating a child as defined in section (7) (1) of the Children’s Act Chapter 5:06.
She, however, pleaded not guilty when she appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Marygold Ndlovu. The matter was postponed to 22 July for trial.
This was also after Zulu’s lawyer indicated to the court, that he was not served with State papers including witnesses’ statements.