Former Midlands province education inspector Fred Nyamhanga Shavi (64) was convicted of murder with constructive intent by Bulawayo High Court Judge Justice Martin Makonese who sentenced him to 20 years in prison for the murder of his wife of 14 years, Netsai Ncube, who was a lecturer at the Midlands State University.
Shavi had pleaded guilty to a lesser crime of culpable homicide through his pro-deo lawyer Mr Esau Mandipa. In his ruling, Justice Makonese criticised Shavi for murdering his wife for having an extra marital affair with Prosper Maburo from Gweru when he was also suspected of having an extra marital affair with his unnamed ex-wife. In passing the sentence Justice Makonese took into account that the deceased had failed to end the affair despite requests by Shavi for them to end it.
Makonese also delivered the judgement based on Shavi’s behaviour after murdering his wife. Makonese said that Shavi did not show any remorse as he went on to lock the house doors and gate before fleeing to Sanyati instead of calling for medical assistance.