Observer on Saturday - - News - Sto­ries by Samke­lisiwe Khoza

ild al­le­ga­tions of mur­der have been lev­elled against a 47-year-old wi­dow of Makholokholo in Mbabane who stands ac­cused of mur­der­ing and sin­gle-hand­edly bury­ing chil­dren in the area. The wi­dow, Nom­fundo Sha­bangu, al­leges that her land­lord’s chil­dren are ac­cus­ing her of mur­der­ing chil­dren and fur­ther bury­ing them at their yard. She said around Septem­ber when she was dis­charged from the hos­pi­tal after weeks of be­ing sick, she was wel­comed

Wby spine chill­ing ru­mours that she is a mur­derer in Makholokholo. Sha­bangu said she ques­tioned her land­lord’s two sons about the al­le­ga­tions but the re­sponse was that the law would deal with her ac­cord­ingly for the killing of in­no­cent chil­dren.

The wi­dow said she went to the Mbabane Po­lice Sta­tion the fol­low­ing day to get more in­for­ma­tion on the al­le­ga­tions as it was re­ported to her that the po­lice came ear­lier that week to in­ves­ti­gate the mat­ter.

“The po­lice told me that they are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter and I should head back home be­cause I was never ar­raigned,” she said.

This comes in the wake of the 16 Days of Ac­tivism Against Gen­der Based Vi­o­lence. Dur­ing the launch, Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Themba Ma­suku said no vi­o­lence should be con­cealed any­more; ev­ery­body has a right and an obli­ga­tion to re­port vi­o­lence as per the law. Ma­suku said no­body’s con­sti­tu­tional rights should be vi­o­lated. He added that no lives should be lost at the hands of an­other per­son, be it at the hands of a hus­band, wife or lover.

Ac­cord­ing to sta­tis­tics from the Royal Eswa­tini Po­lice Ser­vice, there have been 100 homi­cides and 100 sui­cides re­ported cases over the past 10 months.

More­over, Sha­bangu said she has been en­dur­ing emo­tional tor­ture from her land­lord’s chil­dren who are call­ing her names. She said she re­ported the mat­ter to the town­ship’s coun­cil and el­ders.

“They never both­ered to ad­dress the al­le­ga­tions and in­ves­ti­gate fur­ther as el­ders. They pre­tended as if the mat­ter was use­less. I went to re­port the mat­ter to them be­cause I thought they were the right peo­ple to ad­dress it. Where ex­actly should I re­port as a res­i­dent when I am be­ing tor­mented and ac­cused of such heinous acts?” she won­dered.

(Pics: Mduduzi Mn­gomezulu)

HEART BRO­KEN: Nom­fundo Sha­bangu of Makholokholo who is ac­cused of mur­der tries to hold back tears dur­ing an in­ter­view yes­ter­day.

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