Woman sends kid to poi­son fam­ily of 7

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Than­deka Moyo

A WOMAN from Nkayi al­legedly tried to kill seven mem­bers of the same fam­ily by poi­son­ing their 200litre wa­ter drum.

The fam­ily later suf­fered se­vere di­ar­rhoea after drink­ing the wa­ter that was poi­soned by the woman’s 12-year-old nephew whom she had sent to per­form the dirty job.

Silibaziso Ncube (39) is fac­ing seven counts of at­tempted mur­der and is set to ap­pear at the re­gional court in Bu­l­awayo for trial.

Pros­e­cu­tors al­lege that Ncube hatched a plan to kill her neigh­bours and took um­ligazi­gani (an in­dige­nous tree) seeds which she gave to her nephew.

Rea­sons why she at­tempted to kill her neigh­bours were not stated in court pa­pers.

“On Novem­ber 13 last year, Ncube gave her nephew two seeds and some pow­der wrapped in a plas­tic pa­per. She told him to put the seeds and pow­der in the 200-litre drum used to keep drink­ing wa­ter for their neigh­bours which was at Jilly Mahlangu’s home­stead,” reads the State out­line.

“The boy kept the poi­son un­til the next day as in­structed by his aunt. On the fol­low­ing day around 2PM, the boy pro­ceeded to Mahlangu’s home­stead and gained en­try through an open space at the cor­ner of the yard.”

It is al­leged that the boy put the poi­son in the 200-litre drum full of wa­ter which was out­side the kitchen hut.

“Two of the fam­ily mem­bers saw the shoe print which they traced and were led to the boy’s home. After in­quir­ing, they were told the shoe be­longed to Ncube’s nephew,” said the State out­line.

Pros­e­cu­tors al­lege that the boy was called to Mahlangu’s home­stead and con­fessed that he had en­tered the home­stead.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions led thamamoe. to Ncube’s ar­rest.— @

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