Slain woman’s fam­ily de­mands 8 cat­tle for daugh­ter’s death

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

THE fam­ily of a Bulil­ima woman who was mur­dered by a neigh­bour last week has de­manded eight head of cat­tle, a goat and cash from the man’s fam­ily as com­pen­sa­tion for their daugh­ter’s death.

The com­pen­sa­tion break­down is seven head of cat­tle for loss of life, a cow, goat, R9 000, P170 and $1 100 to cater for costs in­curred dur­ing the funeral. The killer’s fam­ily has flatly re­fused to pay. Pro­fes­sor Phuthi (28) of Dom­bolefu Ward bru­tally axed his wife Si­bongile Mh­langa and a neigh­bour­hood watch com­mit­tee mem­ber, El­iz­a­beth Maphosa, who was five months preg­nant, to death be­fore hang­ing him­self fol­low­ing a do­mes­tic dis­pute.

Pro­fes­sor’s fam­ily is also bat­tling to lo­cate Mh­langa’s rel­a­tives so that she can be buried.

El­iz­a­beth’s father, Mr France Maphosa, who is also the head of Vil­lage 26 in Dom­bolefu Ward, said the repa­ra­tion was equiv­a­lent to the pain and suf­fer­ing which Pro­fes­sor had brought upon his fam­ily.

“As a fam­ily we ex­pect the Phuthi fam­ily to com­pen­sate us be­cause it’s their child who mur­dered my daugh­ter. If it wasn’t for their son’s ac­tions my daugh­ter would still be alive.

“We wrote a let­ter to the Phuthi fam­ily stat­ing that we want seven beasts to com­pen­sate my daugh­ter’s death. We also parted with large sums of money in pre­par­ing and con­duct­ing the burial. For that we ex­pect R7 000 and $36 for trans­port ex­penses, an­other beast and goat to com­pen­sate for the an­i­mals we slaugh­tered for the burial.

“Al­ter­na­tively we want $500 for the beast and $70 for the goat. We also want R2 220, $1 066 and P170 for gro­ceries that we bought dur­ing the burial,” said Mr Maphosa adding that they were wait­ing for the Phuthi fam­ily to re­spond.

His said his fam­ily was dis­grun­tled as they had tried to hold a meet­ing with the Phuthi fam­ily over the mat­ter but they did not turn up.

Pro­fes­sor’s father, Mr Aleck Phuthi, who is also the head of Vil­lage 2 in Mad­lam­buzi Ward, said he would not be pay­ing the com­pen­sa­tion as it was un­rea­son­able.

He said the Maphosa fam­ily had to con­sider that his son com­mit­ted the of­fence and not the en­tire fam­ily.

“The per­son who should be pun­ished for com­mit­ting the of­fence is al­ready dead and that is my son. We will not be giv­ing in to these un­rea­son­able de­mands from the Maphosa fam­ily.

“It could have been bet­ter if they had de­manded just one beast to cleanse their home and not eight beasts. They should also con­sider that we are also in mourn­ing be­cause my son passed away and it’s not like we had sent him to com­mit the of­fence,” Mr Phuthi said.

Pro­fes­sor’s grand­fa­ther, Mr Rab­son Phuthi, said they had taken the mat­ter to the Plumtree Po­lice Sta­tion where they were later re­ferred to the Plumtree Mag­is­trate’s Court Civil of­fice.

He said they were ad­vised that they were not com­pelled to give in to the Maphosa fam­ily’s de­mands and if the fam­ily tried to force them into pay­ing they should en­gage the po­lice.

Mr Rab­son Phuthi also blamed Mr Maphosa for fail­ing to deal with Pro­fes­sor’s do­mes­tic dis­putes.

“Maphosa knew that Pro­fes­sor was a very vi­o­lent men and he shouldn’t have sent his daugh­ter to ac­com­pany him to the po­lice sta­tion in the first place. He should have as­signed vil­lage men,” he said. @ DubeMatutu

School chil­dren play next to flow­ing raw sewage in Mpopoma sub­urb, Bu­l­awayo yes­ter­day. The chil­dren seem un­aware of the risk of dis­ease posed by the ef­flu­ent. The city coun­cil is strug­gling to con­tain sewer bursts in Bu­l­awayo’s Western sub­urbs (Pic­ture by Den­nis Mudza­miri)

Mr France Maphosa

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