Teacher wanted for sodomy hangs self

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Richard Muponde

A TEACHER at Ntepe High School, who was al­legedly be­ing sought by the po­lice for a case of sodomy, com­mit­ted sui­cide on Tues­day af­ter evad­ing po­lice of­fi­cers who wanted to ques­tion him.

Bhekimuzi Sibanda, who was head of depart­ment of sports at the school, hanged him­self from a tree af­ter al­legedly get­ting wind that he was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by the po­lice.

Mata­bele­land South po­lice spokesper­son In­spec­tor Philisani Nde­bele con­firmed Sibanda’s death.

“I con­firm that a teacher at Ntepe High School Bhekimuzi Sibanda killed him­self by hang­ing on Tues­day. He did not leave a sui­cide note and his body was con­veyed to Gwanda Pro­vin­cial Hos­pi­tal mor­tu­ary,” said Insp Nde­bele.

A source said Sibanda was rest­less in the morn­ing on the day he took his own life.

“We heard that he was wanted by the po­lice for a case of sodomy he com­mit­ted. On the day he killed him­self, he heard that the po­lice were look­ing for him and evaded them be­fore he killed him­self,” said the source.

The source said Sibanda al­legedly com­mit­ted the sodomy some time ago and a re­port was made to the po­lice who started look­ing for him.

“He was re­cently in South Africa where he came back liv­ing a lav­ish life. His be­hav­iour had changed. We later heard that he com­mit­ted an of­fence and when po­lice were look­ing for him that’s when he sneaked away and hanged him­self,” the source said.

The in­ci­dent comes a few weeks af­ter a teacher at Mad­ume Pri­mary School, Rueben Maphosa (53), re­port­edly woke up at around 3AM, axed his wife, Jen­nifer Maphosa (52) at Ma­fuko Pri­mary School.

He later pro­ceeded to a room in which two chil­dren aged four and 12 were sleep­ing and struck them with the axe, killing one on the spot while an­other died on the way to Gwanda Pro­vin­cial Hos­pi­tal.

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