Traditional beer binge turns tragic as Silobela man stabs uncle

By Sharon Mirriam Tazvivinga

A traditional beer binge turned tragic after a man from Village 2A Langton Farm in Silobela is reported to have fatally stabbed his uncle to death over an unclear misunderstanding.

Israel Mlotshwa (28) stabbed his uncle Zibulo Sibanda (42) after a heated argument which however still remains unknown and is under investigation.

According to the police reports, the two are said to have started arguing during a traditional beer ceremony popularly known as ” nhimbe”.

” Mlotshwa got into a verbal fight with his uncle Zibulo Sibanda however the issue is still unknown during a nhimbe ceremony,” said Midlands Provincial Police Spokesperson Inspector Joel Goko.

The argument got serious resulting in Mlotshwa leaving the ceremony.

He is reported to have continued arguing with his uncle while on the other side of the fence.

This resulted in Sibanda following him to the other side of the fence.

They engaged  in a fist fight.

” The argument got serious which led to the accused leaving the ceremony and continued to quarrel with his uncle while on the other side of the fence .His uncle followed and they continued arguing,” said Goko.

Due to anger Mlotshwa is reported to have pulled out a knife and stabbed his uncle once on his left elbow.

 Police reports have it that he went on to stab his uncle on the chest.

” He pulled out a knife and stabbed Sibanda once on the elbow and went on to stab him on the the chest,” Goko said.

Sibanda bled profusely and died on the spot.

A report was made to the police leading to Mlotshwa’s arrrest.

” He died on the spot and Mlotshwa is currently facing murder charges,” added Goko.

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