3 AR­RESTS IN FAKE SUI­CIDE In-laws sus­pected to have caused ‘jolly’ man’s death Fam­ily learnt of the ‘sui­cide’ via so­cial media

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She said last week, po­lice ar­rested two women and a man who were her son’s in-laws.

“My son was a God-fear­ing man. He loved church. He was very close to Rev­erend Paul Da­masane as he was also his driver. No mat­ter how tough things could be, I doubt he would ever con­sider tak­ing his own life,” said Mrs Ncube.

She said her son had a mis­un­der­stand­ing with his wife a day be­fore he was found dead. Mrs Ncube claimed his wife’s aunts as­saulted him. “My son was as­saulted by his wife’s aunts. How can a mother-in-law beat up her own son-in-law? They know bet­ter what hap­pened to my son,” she said.

“Even the state­ments that they gave to the po­lice do not tally. They have robbed me of my first born and bread­win­ner. As a fam­ily we were all look­ing up to him as the el­dest for our sus­te­nance. I hope the Nku­lumane homi­cide po­lice will bring to book who­ever did this to my child. Only then will we find peace.”

Mrs Ncube said her fam­ily got to know of Ngqabutho’s death from some­one in South Africa who told a fam­ily mem­ber in Kezi af­ter see­ing an im­age of Ncube hang­ing from a tree on a so­cial media plat­form. She said her fam­ily was an­gry be­cause Ngqabutho’s wife, only iden­ti­fied as NaLily, went to the United Bu­l­awayo Hospi­tals (UBH) to iden­tify Ncube’s body ac­com­pa­nied by her aunts and brothers who al­legedly as­saulted him prior to his death.

Mrs Ncube said her son’s body had mul­ti­ple in­juries and bruises and had bled pro­fusely through the ear.

NaLily could not be reached on her mo­bile phone for com­ment yes­ter­day.

Bu­l­awayo deputy po­lice spokesper­son As­sis­tant In­spec­tor Abed­nico Ncube said he was yet to re­ceive in­for­ma­tion about the ar­rests.

“We have not heard that. If there are new de­vel­op­ments, I’ll con­tact Nku­lumane CID and from then, I’ll be in a bet­ter po­si­tion to com­ment,” he said.

A day be­fore his death, some sources said they saw Ngqabutho braai­ing meat in Em­gan­wini.

“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 had seen hav­ing a good time just the pre­vi­ous day,” said Ms Lucy Nkomo, a res­i­dent who is a stu­dent at a lo­cal university. — @ andile_t­shuma.

Mrs Caroline Ncube

The gate where the child was run over in Queens Park West, Bu­l­awayo, on Satur­day

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