Two Bulawayo men from Pumula South suburb were arrested Wednesday arrested for fatally assaulting their neighbour whom they accused of stealing clothes from their washing line.
The deceased, Blessing Zikhali, was later admitted to Mpilo Central Hospital where he died due to serious injuries from beatings by Farai Fero and Fortune Ngwenya.
It is reported that after beating Zikhali, the two men escorted the now deceased to ZRP Pumula station where the police called an ambulance to take him to the hospital.
Bulawayo provincial spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube confirmed the incident and urged members of the public not to take the law into their own hands. Ncube said:
Police in Bulawayo are investigating a case of murder which occurred on Wednesday in Pumula South. The deceased is Blessing Zikhali (40) from Tsholotsho district who was unemployed. Accused one is Farai Fero aged 40, the second being Fortune Ngwenya aged 30.
The now deceased was with his girlfriend at his place of residence when the two came and asked him to go to Ngwenya’s place. When they got there, the two men alleged that Zikhali had stolen clothes from the washing line earlier that day and an argument arose.
Inspector Ncube added that the two men assaulted their neighbour with fists and a hosepipe all over the body and he sustained a cut above the left eye.
After they escorted the man to ZRP Pumula intending to file a report, that is when the officers realized that Zikhali was seriously injured and arrested the two men for assault.
The police also called an ambulance to take Zikhali to Mpilo Central Hospital where he later died.