IN a spine-chilling crime of passion, a jilted Nkayi man in Matabeleland North killed his girlfriend after the woman dumped him to reunite with her husband who had returned from South Africa.
It is reported that Ndabezinhle Ncube (34) failed to handle the situation he found himself in and therefore thought putting an end to Thobekani Masuku's life was the only solution.
"I killed that woman because of love. I gave up everything to be with her, but despite all that we had been through, she decided to dump me and reunite with a man who deserted her years ago," these words were echoed by Ncube when he appeared before Nkayi magistrate Mr Ndumo Masuku.
When Ncube narrated his story, one could see that he had no regrets in what he had done and "love" was responsible for his actions. Ncube reportedly deserted his wife and children a few years ago to stay with his then new-found love Masuku. When the two moved in together, Masuku's husband was in South Africa and was reportedly not communicating with her.
Masuku and the now deceased became too comfortable and moved on with their lives. Two months ago, Masuku's husband returned from South Africa and begged the woman for forgiveness. Masuku was left with no choice but to choose the one she loved between the two men.
She made a decision and chose to reunite with her long lost husband resulting in her moving out of their home with Ncube. Ncube was not happy and made the heinous decision.
It is reported that on 5 June at around 10pm, Ncube went to the now deceased's homestead armed with an axe. When the woman opened the door for him, he struck her with the axe several times on the neck and head.
Realising that the woman was dead, he phoned another villager Philani Sibanda telling him that he had killed Masuku. He told him that he was on his way to commit suicide and they should bury him next to his father's grave.
Ncube later changed his mind and fled to Zhombe Village where he was later arrested. He pleaded guilty to the charges and was remanded in custody to 8 July.