A 35-year-old man allegedly killed his wife at her employer’s house in Tshabalala suburb of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe before hanging himself on Tuesday afternoon, January 9.
Munyaradzi Moyo had allegedly viciously stabbed Nomsa Mvere, who according to reports, was in her mid 20s, twice. He then committed suicide in the presence of two children aged three and six around 2PM.
It is suspected he had travelled from Insuza to kill Mvere, who had just started work as a maid at the house. The motive for the callous killing is still not known.
Moyo is suspected to have failed at his first suicide attempt after a satellite dish cable that he had fixed around his neck snapped. He succeeded at the second attempt, with a piece of cloth.
A source close to the family told The Chronicle that neighbours heard Mvere screaming for help but her found the door locked from inside when they tried to rescue her.
“Mvere was heard screaming. ‘Ngincedani bantu’ (Help me) and neighbours came to help but it seems it was too late as he had already killed her. He must have hanged himself when they were still trying to open the door,” said the source.
The source said neighbours broke asbestos sheets from the roof of the flat to gain entry into the house.
“A gory scene met them. The bloodied body of the woman was lying on the floor and the man was hanging from a piece of cloth. A piece of cloth had been used to gag the older child while the younger one was fast asleep.” said the source.
Scores of residents gathered in shock at the scene waiting to see the bodies. Homicide detectives arrived at around 5.30 PM to remove the bodies.
Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Precious Simango, who confirmed the incident said investigations are in progress.
Mvere’s employer, who was only identified as MaPhiri, said she had visited a doctor in the city when the incident occurred.
“I received news about the incident when I was in the queue to see a doctor and I had to rush back. Nomsa had just started work today and in the morning she was well, she did not seem to me like someone who was troubled. It’s really traumatising to leave your house in order then find a pool of blood in just a few hours of your absence,” said MaPhiri as she shed tears.