A Grade 6 pupil at Seventh-day Adventist Church-run Lowveld Primary School in Chiredzi hung himself from a tree last Tuesday after he he took madzibaba’s clay pots.
The boy, Frank Muvavarirwa (12), of Makondo Extension, took his own life after being ordered to return two clay pots (mbiya) he allegedly picked at an apostolic sect shrine.
Frank hung himself from a tree in a bushy area near his parents’ house at around 9 AM after his mother Rangarirai Chamisa had instructed him to return the two clay pots he had brought home.
The Mirror reported a source as saying the mother thought that Frank had taken the clay pots from a shrine and a Madzibaba could cast a bad spell on the family. Said the source:
“Frank came home carrying two pots at around 9 am and his mother instructed him to take them back because she suspected that they belong to a Madzibaba who could cast a curse on him.”
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He left home with the pots and did not return. His mother went looking for him only to find him hanging from a tree in a nearby bush.
ZRP Masvingo provincial spokesperson Inspector Kudakwashe Dhewa confirmed the incident to The Mirror and said police were yet to determine the cause of the suicide.
In other news, the Durban police officer, accused of killing two women he was linked to romantically, has been found dead in his cell at Westville prison.
Correctional services spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo confirmed on Monday that Const Mlungisi Blessing Sikhakane had taken his own life.
“He committed suicide by hanging,” Nxumalo told SowetanLIVE sister publication, TimesLIVE.
Police did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Sikhakhane, 27, who faced two murder charges, after Njabulenhle Majozi, 18, and Sthembile Ngobese, 24, were found dead at his home in KwaNyuswa, outside Pinetown, in October.