The publication has learned from the Chronicle that the horrific incident occured on Sunday in Magololo Village Sontala area.

44-year-old Sicelo Ncube is alleged to have accosted his wife Nanziwe Phiri (37) in broad daylight when she was in the company of other women.

Paying no regard to the other women, Ncube is said to have attacked Phiri and tripped her to the ground, before striking her to death with the axe he was armed with.

The death was confirmed by Matabeleland South provincial police spokesperson, Chief Inspector Philisani Ndebele who told the publication,

“I can confirm that we recorded a murder case which occurred in Magololo Village in Sontala area. Nanziwe Phiri was on her way from Simukwe River where she had gone to fetch water in the company of other ladies when they met her husband Sicelo Ncube who was armed with an axe. Ncube approached Phiri with saying a word, tripped her and she fell to the ground.

“He struck her with an axe on the forehead. The other ladies fled to the nearest homesteads where they alerted villagers. Upon their return, they found Phiri lying on the ground motionless and Ncube had fled the scene. The matter was reported to the police who attended the scene,”

Chief Inspector Ndebele went on to say that Ncube was apprehended within a short space of time following assistance from members of the public.

“We would like to thank members of the public who assisted us with information that led to Ncube’s arrest. He is assisting police with investigations. People should also desist from engaging in violence when faced with disputes. If people have domestic problems they must seek counselling,”

At the time of publishing, it was not yet clear if the couple had any children together.

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