A woman has been caught urinating in her in-laws’ cups of tea – and admitted she has been doing the same thing every day for a year.
Mpfareleli Thikhathali, 30, was squatting over the teapot when her mother-in-law walked into the kitchen and spotted her.
Mpfareleli Thikhathali was unhappy with the way her inlaws treated her like a ‘slave’, and stormed out of the marital home in the district of Vhembhe in Thohoyandou Venda in Limpopo Province, saying she would rather live with her parents.
Her friend Tshifhiwa Thilivhali, 32, said: “She said her inlaws treated her like a slave and eventually she decided she’d had enough.
“But after moving out, her husband Mashudu Thikhathali begged her to go back for the sake of their four-year-old daughter.”
Mpfareleli agreed on the condition that Mashudu would do the cooking and washing up, and also massage her feet.
His parents, Lutendo, 60, and her husband Maanda, 55, discovered the arrangement and attempted to put a stop to it.
Tshifhiwa said: “Mpfareleli is strong-minded and likes to be independent and the thought of being dictated to by her husband’s parents was just too much for her.
“So I guess that’s when she decided to start doing what she did, and urinating in their tea.”
Disgusted mum-in-law Lutendo said: “We used to go and visit them once or twice a week.
“And although we knew she didn’t like us we had no idea she was doing this.
“She always smiled and offered us tea and we accepted.
“But one day I went into the kitchen and found her urinating into the teapot.”
After going to the police and being told it was not a case for them, the horrified parents-in-law decided to take the matter to the chief.
Lutendo said: “You cannot urinate into someone’s tea for a year and get away with it.
“We want justice.”
Mpfareleli and Mashudu are now understood to be living apart.