A 20-year-old man recently tried to kill himself by swallowing rate poison after his 72-year-old granny reported him to the police for violating Covid-19 national lockdown regulations and exposing the whole family to the coronavirus.
Egness Manyundwa disagreed with her grandson Sydney Kwazvo after he began to run a barbershop at home which the granny felt would increase the family’s chances of getting infected by the virus.
Manyundwa did not want Kwazvo to run the home barber shop as it would see many people coming to the homestead for haircuts.
Manyundwa is said to have contacted the police to come and arrest his grandson for breaching Covid-19 regulations by gathering many people at their homestead therefore risking the whole family to the deadly virus.
Liberty, a younger brother to Sydney, confirmed the incident and said his brother had many arguments with their grandmother for quite some time.
“Our brother had opened a barbershop at Manyundwa’s place of residence. However, our grandmother reported him to the authorities and he was arrested for violating lockdown regulations,” said Liberty.
Liberty accused Manyundwa of abuse, saying she had since stopped giving them food and had ordered them to fend for themselves.
“Our parents died and we came to stay with our grandmother. Our grandmother treated us like animals and stopped giving us food.
“We are three in our family and Sydney tried by all means to provide food for us. At one moment he started selling firewood but our grandmother stopped the project.
“Sydney then started a barbershop at home and again out grandmother was against the idea. She said no people should come to our home during the Covid-19 period because it exposed us to danger. We agree with that but we have to survive since she does not give us food,” said Liberty.
Sydney is said to have disobeyed his grandmother and proceeded with his project, forcing the old granny to call the police on him.
After being released from police custody on February 10, Sydney is said to have consumed rate poison in a bid to end his life.
It is alleged that around 15:00hrs, Sydney wrote a suicidal text message to a family friend who then alerted his younger brothers. After failing to get a hold of him, a search team of six friends was quickly mobilized and they found Sydney at Gaza Stadium foaming on the mouth.
He was quickly rushed to Chipinge General Hospital for medical attention.