Man kills wife, hangs self

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

A HERDSMAN (21) in Kezi beat up his wife (18) to death with a log at his em­ployer’s home­stead be­fore hang­ing him­self fol­low­ing a dis­pute.

Vil­lagers from the area said the cou­ple left be­hind a baby aged three.

Mr Peter Dube, the area’s act­ing head­man said the man first locked the gate to his em­ployer’s home­stead to stop his wife from es­cap­ing, be­fore killing her.

He said the man threat­ened to kill his em­ployer if she in­ter­vened.

Mata­bele­land South pro­vin­cial po­lice spokesper­son In­spec­tor Phi­lani Nde­bele con­firmed the mur­der which oc­curred at Ms An­ge­line Mahlangu’s home­stead in Sizinda Vil­lage, Mbe­m­beswane area last Thurs­day night.

He said the names of the man and his wife could not be dis­closed as their next of kin have not yet been ad­vised.

Insp Nde­bele said the man mur­dered his wife at around 8PM and vil­lagers found his body hang­ing from a tree the fol­low­ing morn­ing, about 500 me­tres from his em­ployer’s home­stead.

“I can con­firm that we re­ceived a re­port of a man who beat up his wife to death with a log and then hanged him­self. The man and his wife were re­sid­ing at Ms Mahlangu’s home­stead where he was em­ployed as a herdsman.

“The man had been em­ployed at the home­stead for about two weeks but his boss no­ticed that he was con­stantly fight­ing with his wife. The cause of the con­flicts how­ever could not be as­cer­tained,” he said.

Insp Nde­bele said on Thurs­day at around 8PM the man had an al­ter­ca­tion with his wife and she fled to Ms Mahlangu’s bed­room hut.

He said Ms Mahlangu promised to take the mat­ter to the area’s vil­lage head the fol­low­ing morn­ing.

“The man went on to slap his wife and then re­trieved a log which he used to beat her on the head sev­eral times. The herdsman per­sisted un­til his wife col­lapsed. He then fled from the home­stead into the bushes,” he said.

Vil­lagers con­ducted a search for the man and only found him the fol­low­ing morn­ing hang­ing from a tree.

Insp Nde­bele said the mat­ter was re­ported to the po­lice and in­ves­ti­ga­tions were un­der­way.

“It’s alarm­ing that do­mes­tic vi­o­lence is still on the in­crease de­spite on­go­ing cam­paigns by the po­lice. How­ever, we’ll con­tinue con­sci­en­tis­ing peo­ple.

“It’s also im­por­tant for peo­ple to seek coun­selling when they’ve prob­lems in­stead of re­sort­ing to vi­o­lence,” he said.

Insp Nde­bele also ad­vised mem­bers of the pub­lic to re­quest iden­ti­fi­ca­tion par­tic­u­lars from their prospec­tive work­ers be­fore em­ploy­ing them. — @DubeMatutu

Nar­row strips of tar and un­even gravel have be­come a haz­ard to traf­fic ply­ing the Bu­l­away­oNkayi Road. This pic­ture taken on Thurs­day shows part of the road from Bona. — Pic­ture by Eliah Saushoma

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