ZIMBABWE – AN HIV-positive Gutu woman reportedly started a sexual relationship with her 19-year-old son in the belief that she would be cured of the virus.
The 36-year-old woman — a member of the Johanne Masowe apostolic sect — also allegedly forced the son to rape her five-year-old daughter after the minor caught them being intimate at a church gathering.
The woman and her son yesterday appeared before Gutu resident magistrate Mr Nyasha Vitorini facing charges of incest over a six months period.
They were also jointly charged with rape after the woman assisted in the sexual abuse of the minor.
Mr Vitorini remanded the pair in custody to October 15.
Prosecutor Ms Agatha Gabriel said the woman and her son engaged in sexual activities between 2011 and April this year.
She said the woman forced her 19-year-old first born son to be intimate with her in the belief that she would be cured of HIV.
The alleged incestuous relationship continued until the woman’s five-year-old daughter caught the pair being intimate at an all-night church gathering.
The woman then allegedly forced her son to rape the minor. The matter came to light when neighbours noticed the girl was having difficulties walking.
The child accused her brother of raping her whereupon a report was made to the police. The suspect then implicated his mother.