Social problems caused by migrant labour where young men from Chiredzi drift into South Africa for jobs came to the fore at Masvingo High Court last week when Justice Mawadze heard the case of Lawrence Makasani (23) killed his father for having a se_xual relationship with his wife.
Makasini who is from Matiyani Village under Chief Sengwe in Chiredzi said he killed his father Makasani Baloyi when he acted in self defence after the two quarreled over the adulter0us relationship that the deceased had with his son's wife.
Inspector John Dzapfunwa the officer in charge Chikombedzi who was giving evidence in the court told Justice Mawadze that incidents where fathers get into relationships with their daughters-in-law in Chiredzi are nothing uncommon. He said Police deal with such issues almost daily because the majority of active men in Chiredzi District are migrant labours in South Africa who leave their wives at home for periods of up to a year.
Resultantly these young women are preyed upon by their fathers-in-law.
Justice Mawadze changed the murder charge to culpable homicide after Grace Bwanya of Chihambakwe Legal Practitioners who represented the accused on a pro-deo basis argued for the charge to be altered. He sentenced him to 10 years in jail. Two years were wholly suspended for five years on condition that Lawrence does not commit a similar crime or exhibit violent behavior.
Justice Mawadze noted that that there were no witnesses to the murder as the two were alone when they quarreled resulting in the fight that saw the accused killing his father by stabbing him several times in the chest and scalp.
It is the State case that the accused works in South Africa and sometime in October last year he returned to the news that his father and wife were having a relationship.
On October 22 2017, Lawrence and the deceased were coming from Gondweni Village in an ox-drawn cart at night where they had gone to collect a pig. Lawrence then accused his father of having a se_xual affair with his wife and the mater turned violent.
The accused produced a knife which he used to stab the deceased and this caused instant death due to hemorrhagic shock.
Lawrence dragged the body away from the road and dumped it by the wayside leaving a blood trail and a dragging spoor before going home. The body was discovered on the early hours of October 28 by Beaula Mavasa who was looking for her stray goats.
Mavasa called Cephas Chavani who identified the body as belonging to Baloyi.
One villager Chimoi Mukoki identified the shoe prints and said they were similar to those of a pair of shoes that he sold to Lawrence.
Lawrence did not dispute the murder when confronted but told the Police that he acted in self defense.