Mine worker’s body found floating in river
THE body of a mine worker was found floating in Mtshabezi River in Gwanda two days after he went missing.
Workmates yesterday found the body of Mailos Ngwabi (29) of Kezi area who was working at Cinderella D Mine in Gwanda at around 11AM.
A passerby had picked up his cellphone at the Mtshabezi River Bridge on Wednesday afternoon.
Matabeleland South provincial police spokesperson Chief Inspector Philisani Ndebele confirmed the incident but said he was yet to receive details of the incident.
When the Chronicle news crew visited the scene, a crowd which comprised Ngwabi’s workmates, relatives and passersby was gathered at the scene waiting for police to retrieve the body from the river. The cops retrieved the body around 12 noon and ferried it to Gwanda Provincial Hospital mortuary.
Mr Lenice Ndlovu who was among the mine workers who found Ngwabi’s body, said he last saw his workmate on Tuesday around 6PM. “Mailos left the mine on Tuesday at around 6PM going to Gwanda town to buy some cigarettes. He also mentioned that he would pass through Mtshabezi River taking a bath as that is where we usually bathe after work. Mailos however didn’t come back that day.
“On Wednesday afternoon one of our workmates told us that he received a call from a stranger who was using Mailos’ cell phone. This person who made the call said he picked up the phone at Mtshabezi River Bridge and called one of the numbers which appeared on the contacts list. It quickly dawned to us that Mailos could be in the river,” he said.
Mr Ndlovu said they conducted a search along Mtshabezi River yesterday morning which led to the recovery of Mailos’ body.
Mailos’ brother, Mr Mlungisi Ngwabi said he was devastated and shocked by the news of his brother’s death. He said he received a report that his brother was missing on Wednesday morning after he did not return home. Mr Ngwabi said he alerted the police and later received news on the recovery of the cell phone.
He said they were still wondering what could have happened to his younger brother.
“I’m in shock right now and I can’t believe my brother is gone. When they told me that his cell phone had been found I hoped that he had lost it and could be held up somewhere. I got the shock of my life when I heard that his body had been found in the river. I don’t know whether he was attacked by people and thrown in the river or he fell in while drunk. — @DubeMatutu A BULAWAYO taxi driver was allegedly carjacked by two unknown assailants who produced a knife and threatened to slit his throat.
Legion Mpofu (44) from Emakhandeni suburb lost his registered taxi, a Honda Fit vehicle. The incident occurred on New Year’s Day at about 8PM and the car’s number plate is AEG 8570.
Bulawayo deputy police spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube yesterday confirmed the carjacking incident.
He said investigations on the matter were in progress.
“Police are investigating a carjacking case which occurred in Kingsdale suburb on Tuesday. The victim is a 44-year-old taxi driver who was robbed of his car by two unknown males who pretended to be clients. The unknown suspects approached the driver outside a nightclub between 12th and 13th Avenue and told him that they wanted to be taken to Queens Park suburb,” said Insp Ncube.
“When they approached Kingsdale suburb, soon after passing 747 Sports Bar, the two directed him to take a right turn. After driving for about 200 metres they suddenly ordered him to stop the car. One of them grabbed the driver by the collar, produced a knife and threatened to kill him. The one who was in the front seat slapped him and pushed him out of the car.” He said the two carjackers sped off in the car. Insp Ncube said the carjackers also got away with Mr Mpofu’s cellphone and tennis shoes that were in the car.
“The value of the car is $3 800 and nothing has been recovered. Police investigations are still in progress and we appeal to anyone who might be having information that may lead to the arrest of the culprits to come forward,” said Insp Ncube.
He said taxi drivers should report at police stations before driving off with suspicious people.
Last year in March, two pirate Honda Fit drivers were killed in Bulawayo’s Killarney suburb and Cement Siding in carjacking incidents.
Police arrested two of the suspects linked to the killing of the two Honda Fit drivers while the third suspect Thinkwell Moyo is still at large. — @nqotshili.
Mine workers carry the body of Mailos Ngwabi into a police van
Inspector Abednico Ncube