A 30-year-old Beitbridge man brutally murdered his 20-year-old mistress and attacked his cousin-brother following allegations that the two were having an affair.
The local tabloid, H-Metro, reports that Jortham Taruvinga, an airtime vendor who was romantically involved with Sithembiso Ncube for 12 months, fatally stabbed her following an altercation over allegations that she was having an affair with his cousin, Augustine Magigwana.
Matebeleland South police spokesperson Inspector Loveness Mangena confirmed the incident and told the publication that the attacks occurred in Milayo Industrial site at around 11 pm on Monday night.
”Preliminary information we have so far, Taruvinga has been having an affair with the now-deceased (Sithembiso Ncube) for over 12 months.
”On Monday evening he went to collect her from HaMbedzi business centre in (Stauze Suburb) where she worked.
"Along the way, he accused the woman of having an affair with his cousin, Augustine Magigwana.
"An argument then ensued between the two and the suspect then withdrew an Okapi knife and stabbed Ncube three times (on the neck and chest)
”She then disembarked from the car fleeing further attacks.
”Taruvinga followed her and stabbed her twice on the chest. She died instantly and he drove away,” said Inspector Mangena.
”After stabbing his cousin, the suspect went to his nephew at Kujo-coolers near Andy tavern and surrendered three cellphones and US$500 with instruction that they are given to his wife.
”He then stabbed himself on the neck in a suicide attempt but emergency workers took him to hospital, where he is in a critical condition,” she said.
Inspector Mangena said that Ncube’s body was discovered in a pool of blood 400 metres away from the suspect’s lodgings and taken to the local mortuary.
Magigwana was rushed to hospital after a neighbour who had heard the fracas, called the property owner, who then alerted the police.
Taruvinga and Magigwana are reportedly in critical condition at Beitbridge District Hospital.