Wo­man dies af­ter drink­ing aloe con­coc­tion to ter­mi­nate preg­nancy

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Opinion/national News - Sukul­wenkosi Dube-Matutu

A 27-YEAR-OLD Bulil­ima wo­man died af­ter drink­ing an aloe con­coc­tion in a bid to ter­mi­nate her preg­nancy while at her em­ployer’s home­stead where she worked as a do­mes­tic worker.

Mata­bele­land South po­lice spokesper­son In­spec­tor Phi­lani Nde­bele con­firmed the in­ci­dent which oc­curred in Nswazi area on Wed­nes­day at around 3PM.

He said the wo­man, Sheba Ma­tongo, was found dead by a neighbour.

“I can con­firm that we re­ceived a re­port of sud­den death from Mad­lam­buzi polic­ing area. Sheba Ma­tongo was found ly­ing dead in her em­ployer’s kitchen hut by Mr Phineas Ncube.

“Ma­tongo was try­ing to ter­mi­nate a preg­nancy as there was a five litre tin which con­tained crushed aloe leaves which were boiled next to where she was ly­ing,’’ he said.

Insp Nde­bele said the mat­ter was re­ported to the po­lice who at­tended the scene. He said Ma­tongo’s body was taken to the United Bu­l­awayo Hospi­tals for post mortem.

Head­man Nswazi said Mr Phineas Ncube was on his way to church when he heard Ma­tongo’s two-year-old child cry­ing.

He said Mr Ncube went to in­quire and found Ma­tongo dead. “Ma­tongo was em­ployed as a do­mes­tic worker at a home in Nswazi area. It ap­pears that she was preg­nant but her boyfriend de­nied re­spon­si­bil­ity for the preg­nancy.

“It seems this prompted Ma­tongo to ter­mi­nate the preg­nancy. She was alone at her work­place when she drank the con­coc­tion. Her two-year-old child started cry­ing which at­tracted Mr Ncube while he was pass­ing by on his way to church. He pro­ceeded to the home­stead where he found Ma­tongo ly­ing dead on the floor of the kitchen hut,’’ said Head­man Nswazi. — @DubeMatutu

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