El­derly man dies af­ter drink­ing um­com­botsi

Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS - By Won­der­boy Dlamini Siteki

RES­I­DENTS of Mam­bane have been left spec­u­lat­ing af­ter an el­derly man of the area mys­te­ri­ously died a few mo­ments af­ter drink­ing (um­com­botsi) a tra­di­tional brew from a lo­cal drink­ing spot.

The man’s wife is also re­ported to be sickly as she also had a few sips from the same jar of the brew which her hus­band drank be­fore dy­ing a cou­ple of hours later.

The in­ci­dent which has left res­i­dents in shock hap­pened on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

The de­ceased has been iden­ti­fied by fam­ily mem­bers as De­cem­ber Mahlangu (68). Sources close to the mat­ter dis­closed that he went to a drink­ing spot which nor­mally sells tra­di­tional brew.

The spot is sit­u­ated about 200 me­tres away from his homestead.

As a norm, Mahlangu went there to­gether with his wife. The cou­ple is said to have had a few jars um­com­botsi of be­fore call­ing it a day.

While on their way home, the de­ceased and his wife are said to have en­tered into a homestead which is sit­u­ated less than 100 me­tres from the drink­ing spot, and ne­go­ti­ated for shel­ter as it was now rain­ing heav­ily.

A rel­a­tive who iden­ti­fied him­self as Mat­sen­jwa said the de­ceased com­plained of a se­vere stom­ach-ache whilst wait­ing for the rain to sub­side. The two even­tu­ally went to their homestead late in the evening where the de­ceased’ con­di­tion wors­ened.

He is said to have later died while his fam­ily was still try­ing to give him home made reme­dies. By yes­ter­day, the de­ceased’ wife was also re­ported to be sickly, suf­fer­ing from stom­ach-ache and di­ar­rhoea.

The death of the el­derly man and the sub­se­quent sickly con­di­tion of his wife has left res­i­dents of the area won­der­ing about the cause of his death. Mat­sen­jwa said the mat­ter was still be­ing de­lib­er­ated at fam­ily level, and had not been re­ported to any au­thor­ity. in­d­vuna umphakatsi In the mean­time, of Mam­bane Dum­sani Mat­sen­jwa con­firmed re­ceiv­ing a re­port of an el­derly man who died mys­te­ri­ously.

“I can con­firm the death of Mahlangu as mem­bers of the fam­ily have re­ported same, but they have not yet regis­tered a com­plaint of any sort re­gard­ing his demise,” said Mat­sen­jwa.

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