Vi­o­lence as fam­i­lies fight at grave­yard

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Sukul­wenkosi Dube-Matutu

PO­LICE were called to re­store or­der at a com­mu­nity ceme­tery in Bulil­ima Dis­trict when the fam­ily of a woman who was al­legedly killed by a man who later hanged him­self clashed with the al­leged mur­derer’s fam­ily mem­bers for bury­ing their son next to their daugh­ter.

Pro­fes­sor Phuthi (28) of Dom­bolefu Ward bru­tally axed his wife Ms Si­bongile Mh­langa and a neigh­bour­hood watch com­mit­tee mem­ber, Ms El­iz­a­beth Maphosa, who was five months preg­nant, on Satur­day morn­ing be­fore hang­ing him­self fol­low­ing a do­mes­tic dis­pute.

On Tues­day morn­ing, a lo­cal coun­cil­lor called the po­lice to come to the ceme­tery af­ter an­tic­i­pat­ing vi­o­lence be­tween the two sets of fam­i­lies.

The Maphosa fam­ily be­came fu­ri­ous af­ter the Phuthi fam­ily buried Pro­fes­sor about four me­tres away from their daugh­ter’s grave.

They tried to beat up mem­bers of the Phuthi fam­ily but po­lice in­ter­vened.

The late El­iz­a­beth’s fa­ther, Mr France Maphosa, who is also the head of Vil­lage 26 in Dom­bolefu Ward, said the Phuthi fam­ily con­ducted their burial ser­vice at the same time as his fam­ily’s ser­vice.

“We were jus­ti­fied to be vi­o­lent as the Phuthi fam­ily dis­re­spected us. As we were com­plet­ing our ser­vice at the com­mu­nity ceme­tery, they ap­peared while car­ry­ing the body of their son and started their own ser­vice.

“They even chose to lay their son’s body about four me­tres from where we had laid my daugh­ter. This didn’t please my fam­ily at all. To make mat­ters worse, this boy is from Vil­lage 2 be­cause that’s where his fa­ther stays but they de­cided to bury him within my vil­lage,” he said.

Mr Maphosa said his fam­ily at­tempted to block the Phuthi fam­ily from con­duct­ing their ser­vice but po­lice and vil­lage mem­bers in­ter­vened and es­corted them back to their homestead.

He said he ex­pected Phuthi’s fam­ily to com­pen­sate him for the death of his daugh­ter as well as for burial costs.

Mr Maphosa said his fam­ily was yet to de­cide on the pay­ment they wanted, but once that has been done they would en­gage the Phuthi fam­ily.

Dom­bolefu Ward coun­cil­lor, Mr Mor­gen Nde­bele, said El­iz­a­beth’s sib­lings and un­cles tried to beat up Phuthi’s fam­ily mem­bers in protest over their daugh­ter’s death.

“The pres­ence of the po­lice dur­ing the burial helped to main­tain peace. When El­iz­a­beth’s body ar­rived at the homestead just be­fore the burial, her rel­a­tives started ac­cus­ing the Phuthi fam­ily of killing their daugh­ter.

“They went on to re­trieve logs and bricks and ad­vanced to­wards the Phuthi homestead with an in­ten­tion to fight. Po­lice in­ter­vened,” he said.— @DubeMatutu.

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