Hordes of villagers suspected of stocktheft in Gwanda have accosted a 72-year-old neighbour with machetes and knobkerries, among other weapons, accusing him of supplying police with information linked to the crime.
Police revealed the incident via their official Twitter handle this week.
“The ZRP is investigating a case of public violence which occurred at Manyunyu Village, Tshanyaugwe, Gwanda on 02/01/22 at about 0200 hours.
“Several suspects from neighbouring villages armed with axes, machetes, spears, iron bars and knobkerries attacked a man (72) and his three sons alleging that they were giving information to the police on the suspects’ cattle rustling activities.
Police said they were hunting for the suspects who include, Prince Makhalima, Mehluli Makhalima, Nhlanhla Makhalima, Precautious Makhalima, Mavha Gumbi and Nkomoza Gumbi.
Other suspects being sought are Lawrence, Mbongeni and Evans, among other unnamed suspects.
Meanwhile, police in Gwanda arrested Mayibongwe Nsingo (38), Thulani Mdlongwa (33), Likhwa Nsingo (20), Thobekani Nsingo (20) and Stanford Nsingo (44) in connection with a case of murder which occurred on Monday this week at Magedleni Village.
The suspects as well as Khumbulani Nsingo and Moses Ndlovu who are still at large, hit the victim, Richard Nyoni with stones and logs after they found him at his homestead, skinning a sheep allegedly stolen from Unite Ndlovu (58).