Man hangs af­ter beer, meat binge

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Andile Tshuma Court Reporter

A BU­L­AWAYO man was yes­ter­day found hang­ing from a tree at a bus stop in Em­gan­wini sub­urb.

The man, whose name has not yet been re­leased by the po­lice, is said to be from the sub­urb.

Sources said the man was seen hav­ing a good time the previous evening as he was seen buy­ing braai meat.

“The last time we saw this guy, he was at the shops just hav­ing a good time. He was buy­ing some meat to braai. I won­der what hap­pened next. It was very shock­ing to see a man hang­ing from a tree, some­one whom you have seen hav­ing a good time just the previous day,” said Lucy Nkomo, a res­i­dent who is a stu­dent at a lo­cal univer­sity. Other res­i­dents said they sus­pected foul play. Two women said they heard screams at night in the area.

“We can­not rule out foul play. Some­thing is sus­pi­cious. This per­son had a blood stained T-shirt, where was the blood com­ing from? We ac­tu­ally heard screams at around mid­night near this place. I doubt that he climbed the tree and hanged him­self. Prob­a­bly he was killed and hanged by some thugs to stage a sui­cide,” one of them said.

Em­gan­wini coun­cil­lor Nor­man Hla­bani ex­pressed his shock at the in­ci­dent.

‘I am shocked. This is sad. I am com­ing from the scene. Peo­ple should never con­sider sui­cide as an op­tion. If some­one is hav­ing prob­lems, it is bet­ter to seek coun­selling, talk­ing to some­one helps. Such things hap­pen and they are quite un­for­tu­nate,” said the coun­cil­lor.

Clr Hla­bani added that taxi driv­ers were the first to spot the man hang­ing from the tree, just be­hind Em­gan­wini Flea mar­ket.

Early com­muters gath­ered at the scene and some peo­ple started tak­ing pic­tures which went vi­ral on so­cial me­dia. He also sus­pects foul play. “I can­not com­ment much on that, we will leave it to the po­lice. How­ever, foul play can­not be ruled out. Peo­ple are evil nowa­days. Be­sides, this thing hap­pened close to a bot­tle store so it is com­mon for fights to erupt in such places when peo­ple get drunk,” said the coun­cil­lor.

Po­lice col­lected the body at around 10AM.— @ andile_t­shuma.

Women push wheel­bar­rows laden with fire­wood in Kezi re­cently. Many peo­ple in ru­ral ar­eas use fire­wood for cook­ing and this has led to mas­sive de­for­esta­tion. — (Pic­ture by Eliah Saushoma)

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