A 30-year-old woman from Mpopoma suburb in Bulawayo was arrested after she allegedly forced her six-year-old son to have sex with her on several occasions.
The woman, who cannot be named so as to protect her son’s identity, recently appeared before Western Commonage magistrate Shepherd Mnjanja facing indecent assault charges.
The woman was not asked to plead. The magistrate remanded her in custody to 22 March for routine remand and advised her to apply for bail.
Prosecutors alleged that from January this year up to 13 March, the accused forced her six-year-old son to be intimate with her.
It is further alleged that initially, the victim refused but the mother threatened to beat him up with a cable.
Fear of being whipped induced the minor to give in to his mother’s demand and engaged in sex with her.
The matter only came to light after the boy told his friend about the abuse.
The victim’s friend told his mother who then reported the matter to the police leading to the accused’s arrest.