A 26-year-old woman allegedly stabbed her 50-year-old husband to death in Beitbridge following a row over the paternity of “their” 5-month-old daughter.
The incident, which has since become the talk of the border town, happened on Saturday night at the couple’s home in Dulivhadzimu suburb.
Majahana Mazibuko died on the same night, a few minutes after he was admitted to Beitbridge District Hospital.
Neighbours and relatives told The Chronicle yesterday that Mazibuko and his wife, Geraldine Nyoni had a long standing domestic feud centred on the paternity of their only daughter.They also described Nyoni as a violent person.
Mazibuko’s brother, Mr Vusa Matshudula, said it appears that the issue of paternity triggered the alleged brutal killing.
“My brother and his wife had a long standing domestic dispute. It looks like on that particular night, the major problem that actually triggered the fight was the issue of paternity of their daughter.
“The wife had earlier told my brother that the baby was not his and this degenerated into a dispute,” said Mr Matshudula.
He said soon after committing the alleged crime, Nyoni went to Dulivhadzimu Police Base where she reported her husband for refusing to give her custody of their daughter.
“When my sister-in-law went to the police base she lied to the police alleging that my brother was refusing to give her their daughter.
She claimed that he had snatched the daughter. However, when police later received a death report they subsequently hunted her down leading to her arrest,” said Mr Matshudula.
He said he learnt of his brother’s death from his sister.
“The baby was picked up by one of my sisters who found her lying on the blood-stained floor crying,” said Mr Matshudula.
The blood-stained knife, which was allegedly used in the killing was found at the house.