Man receives 3-year jail sentence for machete attack on neighbour

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A man residing in the Lakeside suburb of Bulawayo has been handed a three-year prison term after allegedly assaulting his neighbour with a machete, striking him multiple times on the neck.

Zinah Mnkandla appeared before Bulawayo regional magistrate Sibonginkosi Mnkandla, facing a charge of attempted murder. Despite pleading not guilty, Mnkandla was found guilty and subsequently convicted.

The regional magistrate sentenced Mnkandla to five years in prison, with two years suspended for a five-year period, contingent on good behaviour. The court deemed the accused’s actions as premeditated and noted the use of a dangerous weapon in the attack.

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Mnkandla emphasized the importance of protecting society from individuals who pose a threat, stating that those who commit such crimes are a danger to the community. In light of the circumstances surrounding the case, including the premeditation and the use of a machete, the appropriate penalty for the crime was determined to be five years.

According to the court proceedings, on the evening of October 8, 2023, Zinah Mnkandla approached Sijabuliso Siziba (31) while wielding a machete. Mnkandla proceeded to identify himself as a mafia and the area’s boss before launching a series of machete strikes on Siziba’s neck.

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The incident was reported to the police, leading to Mnkandla’s subsequent arrest. Siziba received medical attention at a hospital, and a medical report was presented in court as evidence.

The verdict serves as a reminder of the grave consequences associated with violent acts, particularly those involving dangerous weapons. The court’s decision aims to uphold the safety and well-being of the community, discouraging similar behaviour and maintaining order within society.

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