Vil­lagers cel­e­brate wife snatcher’s death

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A MAN from Lukala vil­lage in Iny­athi died af­ter his man­hood was crashed by a ham­mer which he had ear­lier used to knock down a man whose wife he was al­legedly caught in bed with.

The in­ci­dent that hap­pened two weeks ago, has be­come the talk of the vil­lage and sur­pris­ingly, vil­lagers are cel­e­brat­ing the death of Mthandazo Sibanda (50) whom they said met the “ap­pro­pri­ate death” as he had al­legedly be­come no­to­ri­ous for bed­ding mar­ried women in the area.

Mata­bele­land North po­lice spokesper­son In­spec­tor Siphiwe Makonese said she could not im­me­di­ately com­ment on the in­ci­dent as she was out of of­fice but Sun­day News on Fri­day vis­ited the area where vil­lagers and of­fi­cials nar­rated how the spine chill­ing in­ci­dent hap­pened.

Act­ing vil­lage head Mr Simet­shi Ndlovu said on the day, Sibanda who was al­ready on the po­lice wanted list re­ceived a phone call from his al­leged lover whose hus­band is based in Botswana ask­ing him to come for a sleep over. Sibanda al­legedly lied to his wife that he was go­ing to sleep in the scotch-cart since po­lice were look­ing for him.

Un­be­known to the two lovers who were al­ready cozy in the blan­kets, on the same day the wo­man’s hus­band ar­rived from his base in Botswana unan­nounced. Mr Ndlovu said the man went to knock at his bed­room and his wife came out hur­riedly and told him she was rush­ing to fetch wa­ter.

Sur­prised by the re­ac­tion, the man budged into the house and Sibanda bolted out of the bed­room naked bran­dish­ing a ham­mer. Mr Ndlovu said Sibanda hit his lover’s hus­band on the chest and he fell down, al­low­ing him time to flee.

“When the wo­man’s hus­band fell down Sibanda ran away, un­for­tu­nately he was tripped by the fence and he also fell down. The wo­man’s hus­band then seized the op­por­tu­nity and rushed to­wards him. He took the ham­mer and aimed straight at his pri­vate parts. He crashed his man­hood. Vil­lagers also joined and as­saulted Sibanda. He was res­cued by a po­lice of­fi­cer but died on his way to the po­lice sta­tion. The wo­man’s hus­band was picked up by po­lice,” he said.

De­spite Sibanda meet­ing such a spin chill­ing fate, vil­lagers said while it was taboo to cel­e­brate death, they were happy that he was no more. They claimed Sibanda had wrecked many mar­riages in the area and was also vi­o­lent. Mr Ndlovu claimed Sibanda was a mon­ster who moved around with an axe.

“It was his ten­dency to prey on mar­ried women. Not so long ago Sibanda was busted hav­ing a nice time with an­other vil­lager’s wife. The matter was brought to us and we had to in­volve the po­lice since vil­lagers were bay­ing for his blood. This per­son we are talk­ing about was not just a home wrecker; he was also an un­re­pen­tant crim­i­nal. He spent most of his life in and out of jail. As we speak he was on the po­lice wanted list. That is why peo­ple are cel­e­brat­ing his death,” said Mr Ndlovu.

A de­light­ful vil­lager who only iden­ti­fied him­self as Mr Ncube said he once caught Sibanda in his bed­room with his wife.

“He told me that he will fin­ish me off if I dare try to at­tack him and he took some of my prop­erty and left. He told me to re­port the matter to the po­lice if I had the guts. To me his death came at an ap­pro­pri­ate time,” he said.

Lukala Vil­lage 2 Ward coun­cil­lor, Dou­glas Bafana Mpofu said the vil­lage was now at peace.

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