Stu­dent aborts, dumps baby in river

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Feature/local News - Sukul­wenkosi Dube-Matutu

A STU­DENT at Herentals Col­lege in Bu­l­awayo had an il­le­gal abor­tion and dumped the foe­tus in a river in Bulil­ima.

Si­bonokuhle Ndlovu (19) was as­sisted by a neigh­bour, Naume Gum­bato (35) to ter­mi­nate her three-month preg­nancy.

Plumtree mag­is­trate Mr Li­vard Phile­mon con­victed the duo, both from Masendu area, on their own plea. He sen­tenced each of them to 12 months in jail. The two had three months each sus­pended for five years on con­di­tion that they do not within the pe­riod com­mit a sim­i­lar of­fence.

The re­main­ing nine months were sus­pended on con­di­tion that each of the ac­cused per­forms 315 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice at Masendu Clinic.

Ndlovu told the court that she ter­mi­nated the preg­nancy be­cause she was still young and at­tend­ing school.

‘‘I just com­pleted my A Level and I was about to start my col­lege stud­ies hence I de­cided to ter­mi­nate the preg­nancy.

‘‘Some­one re­ferred me to Gum­bato who lives in my ru­ral home and she helped me ter­mi­nate the preg­nancy,’’ she said.

Prose­cut­ing, Mrs Rose Sibanda said on April 26 Ndlovu went to Gum­bato’s home­stead and asked her to as­sist in ter­mi­nat­ing her preg­nancy.

Mrs Sibanda said Gum­bato gave Ndlovu a con­coc­tion made from okra roots and told her to re­turn if she be­gan to ex­pe­ri­ence stom­ach pains.

‘‘On the fol­low­ing day around 4AM Ndlovu went back to Gum­bato’s home­stead com­plain­ing of stom­ach pains. Gum­bato gath­ered don­key dung, dried it, ground it and gave Ndlovu to drink,’’ she said.

Mrs Sibanda said a few hours later Ndlovu had a forced mis­car­riage and with Gum­bato’s as­sis­tance they threw the foe­tus in a nearby river.

Mrs Sibanda said the mat­ter came to light af­ter Ndlovu went to Masendu Clinic com­plain­ing of stom­ach pains.

She said the clinic staff re­fused to at­tend to her and or­dered her to re­port the abor­tion to the po­lice first. This led to the ar­rest of the two ac­cused. In mit­i­ga­tion, Gum­bato told the court that she had been over­come by evil spir­its which caused her to com­mit the of­fence.

Si­bonokuhle Ndlovu

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