Another Ritual Killing Of A Juvenile Masterminded By A Family Member
Mazetese villagers in Mwenezi were left in a state of shock after two men allegedly connived to kill a six-year-old girl before burning her body beyond recognition after cutting off her genitals for sale in South Africa.
The accused who were identified as Taruziva Sithole (37) of Chomutamba Village 3 collaborated with his friend Shackmore Dube (26) of the same village to kill Sithole’s niece Irene Sithole before setting her body on fire. This incident occurred on the 29th of December.
The victim’s remains including a tooth, badly burnt pieces of the skull and ribs were recovered from where the pair burned her body.
According to The Herald, A traders’ bag commonly known as Shangaan bag was used by Sithole to carry Irene’s corpse from his house where he had brutally killed his niece by pounding her with a log.
The two, Sithole and Dube were arrested and appeared in court before Mwenezi Resident magistrate Mr Honest Musiiwa facing murder charges and were not asked to plead by Mr Musiiwa who remanded them in custody to January 14 and advised them to seek bail at the High Court.
Prosecutor Mr Lyton Katsidzira told the court that Sithole and Dube connived to kill the former’s niece after the later had been promised a vehicle and lots of money for a juvenile girl body parts by an unknown person in South Africa.
Sithole, who was staying with Irene at his house allegedly decided to kill her so that Dube could take her private parts to South Africa.
On 29 December around 8 pm, Sithole allegedly started attacking Irene with a log and she collapsed and died.
He allegedly took his niece’s lifeless body and put it in a bag before using a cloth to remove stains of blood to conceal the vice.
At around midnight on the same day, Sithole took Irene’s corpse in the bag and went outside to meet Dube who was waiting for him a few metres from his house.
Dube then allegedly proceeded to cut off Irene’s genitals before the pair proceeded to burn her body in a fire until it was burnt to ashes save for some teeth, ribs and parts of the skull that remained.
The matter came to light after Irene went missing and Sithole’s wife raised alarm with neighbours that he had seen him pounding his niece with a log.
A report was made to police to Sithole’s arrest who then implicated Dube.
The pair led police to where they had burnt Irene’s body leading to the recovery of pieces of the skull, ribs and teeth.
The gruesome murder of the Mwenezi juvenile comes as the nation is still recovering from another ritual murder of Tapiwa Makore of Murehwa whose uncle is believed to have been masterminded by his uncle for ritual purposes.