In-laws bat­tle to lo­cate mur­dered woman’s fam­ily

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Sukul­wenkosi Dube-Matutu Plumtree Cor­re­spon­dent

A BULILIMA fam­ily is stuck with the body of their daugh­ter-in-law who was mur­dered by their son as the late woman’s fam­ily can­not be lo­cated.

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, be­fore hang­ing him­self fol­low­ing a do­mes­tic dis­pute on Au­gust 27.

Pro­fes­sor’s fa­ther, Mr Aleck Phuthi, said ef­forts to lo­cate Ms Mh­langa’s fam­ily over the past week had been fruit­less and her body was still at Plumtree District Hospi­tal mor­tu­ary.

“We are still strug­gling to lo­cate MaMh­langa’s fam­ily be­cause we don’t know her rel­a­tives and we have never met them.

“Our son had ini­tially told us that she was from Mbe­m­beswane area in Kezi District but we have failed to find her rel­a­tives there. As of now we are not sure of her place of ori­gin be­cause she didn’t have a Na­tional Iden­tity Card,” he said.

Mr Phuthi said his son met MaMh­langa a year ago while she was work­ing as a do­mes­tic worker at a neigh­bour’s home­stead. He said Pro­fes­sor didn’t for­mally in­tro­duce his wife to his fam­ily.

He said the bur­den was now upon him to lo­cate MaMh­langa’s fam­ily and en­sure that she is buried.

“Pro­fes­sor didn’t for­merly meet his in laws. He just took MaMh­langa into his house and stayed with her. I tried to per­suade Pro­fes­sor to fol­low the cor­rect procedure of do­ing things but he didn’t lis­ten.

“As a fam­ily we ap­peal to the Mh­langa fam­ily to con­tact us so that we can hand over their daugh­ter’s body to them,” he said.

Pro­fes­sor mur­dered his wife af­ter she had re­ported him to the police for do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

His grand­fa­ther, Mr Rab­son Phuthi, said his grand­son was in the habit of phys­i­cally abus­ing his wife and ef­forts by fam­ily el­ders to in­ter­vene had been fruit­less.

Vil­lage 26 head, Mr France Maphosa, said be­fore the hor­rific in­ci­dent the cou­ple had been to his home­stead on sev­eral oc­ca­sions over do­mes­tic dis­putes.

He said Pro­fes­sor re­cently beat up his wife and tied her to a tree in the bush and left her there.— @ DubeMatutu

The late Si­bongile Mh­langa

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