Keep your zipper closed if you can’t take care of your children – magistrate tells man


A Plumtree magistrate has told a 24-year-old father of five children with different women to keep his zip closed as he was failing to maintain them.

Ms Caroline Ndebele of Ingwizi in Mangwe District dragged Sylvester Phuthi to court demanding $140 for the maintenance of their two twin children aged one year six months old.

She told Plumtree magistrate, Mr Taurai Manwere that Phuthi last contributed towards the upkeep of their sons in April.

Mr Manwere lashed out at Phuthi whose other wife is pregnant, for being irresponsible.

“There is no pleasure without responsibility. Don’t expect to father so many children with different women and then fold hands without supporting them. You should fend for your children because they are not animals; they don’t eat leaves.

“You are saying that you can’t afford to pay maintenance because you are not employed but you go around sleeping with different women. You have five children at such a young age and you are boasting that another woman is pregnant with your child. If you don’t want to maintain children then you should keep your zip under lock and key,” said Mr Manwere.

He ordered Phuthi to pay $80 towards the upkeep of his two children.


Zip closed