Crime & Courts

Mine Squabbles: One Dies, Another Battling For Life


By Shorai Murwira

Two men were attacked after a dispute at a Bulawayo mine which left one of them dead and another one battling for a dear life in a local hospital.

The deceased and the injured who rushed to a local hospital, were assaulted by armed unknown men at a mine compound in Inyathi, Bubi district.

Matabeleland North police spokesperson Inspector Glory Banda who spoke to a local newspaper, the Chronicle, confirmed the death of Admire Ngwabi (25) at Inyathi District Hospital as a result of the assault on Sunday at Ngagwini Mine.

Melody Ngwabi (26) is hospitalised under police guard at the same institution.

The police believe that the two were in company of the other three persons only identified as Zodwa, Thabani and
Nyanisi who allegedly robbed Mbongeni Mzizi of US$300 before a group of unknown men armed with knobkerries, sticks, axes and iron bars ambushed them.

“A group of unknown male adults wielding knobkerries, sticks, axes and iron bars found Admire Ngwabi, Melody Ngwabi both of New Lobengula in Bulawayo, Zodwa, Thabani and Nyanisi at a mine and accused them of committing robberies in the area. Zodwa, Thabani and Nyanisi escaped leaving Admire and Melody who were captured and severely assaulted by the unknown men,” said Insp Banda.

He said the attack happened around 4PM in full view of Ngagwini Mine compound residents and mine owner Mr Thando Mokoena.

According to the police, after beating the two, the unknown assailants left the scene and pursued Zodwa, Thabani and Nyanisi and Admire sustained a deep cut on the head and injuries all over the body from the attack.

Mr Mokoena and others carried Admire and Melody to Inyathi Police Station where they found Mr Mzizi who was filing a report of robbery.

It is also said that upon seeing Admire and Melody, Mr Mzizi immediately identified them as part of a group that had robbed him of US$300 earlier and he alerted police.

Robert Tapfumaneyi


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