17-yr-old girl bashes chief

Chief Siabuwa

Chief Siabuwa

Whinsley Masara, Chronicle Reporter
A 17-YEAR-OLD girl smashed a beer bottle across the face of a Chief in Binga after he reprimanded her for being skimpily dressed.

Chief Siabuwa (52) said he sustained a cut under his right eye from the assault.

He was stitched at Siabuwa Clinic before being referred to Binga District Hospital for further treatment.

Ms Tlou Dube, who recently relocated to Zewula village, under chief Siabuwa, from Bulawayo, was walking with a friend only identified as Mbimbi when she committed the cultural taboo.

The incident occurred last Wednesday at Siabuwa Business Centre and was reported to the police.

Chief Siabuwa said he was at the business centre when he saw the two teenagers who were dressed in “very short dresses” and approached them to counsel them on proper dressing to preserve their values and morals.

“As I spoke to them, Dube walked away, telling her friend to walk on and not listen to nonsense. I told her to go if she felt I spoke nonsense and leave the other girl to listen to what I had to say. I re-introduced myself and even produced my identification card thinking maybe she was not aware of who I was.

“She continued to yell at Mbimbi and returned to where we stood, picked up an empty bottle of beer from the ground and hit me right in the face. Well, I hope the teenagers will get real counselling to restore their values and morals which they seem not to have at all,” he said.

Chief Siabuwa said he had found the teenagers’ behaviour grossly disrespectful and irritating and had tried to talk sense to them.

“The teenagers were walking in a public place, indecently dressed and so I tried to warn them for their own protection because that could result in them being abused by men. In our society and culture, females don’t dress in the manner they did,” said the area chief.

Chief Senator Siansali said Ms Tlou recently relocated from Bulawayo to live with her grandmother in Zewula village.

He said the girl was probably not aware of the difference in culture and morals between Bulawayo and Binga.

“She also may have not been aware of the importance of the chief’s status as a community leader. Their dressing didn’t suit our Binga community and the chief tried to warn them to protect them as that is one of a traditional leader’s roles in the community.

“The teenagers’ behaviour was unfortunate. It’s unheard of in our culture.

“It may have been a result of influence from morally decadent cultures from other countries. As a nation, we need to reform ourselves to avoid becoming what we are not,” said Chief Siansali.


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  • Toastao

    Wakanzwa bhata.

  • Brutal Truth

    She should’ve gone for both eyes

    • true

      hahaha, good one !!

  • Danny

    The Chief got too too big for his shoes. Katie yena wababona njani evele esiya ngaphi . Maybe he was trying to propose even showing off with an I’D. The problem with chieftain ship is that you’re born in it irrespective of your mental capacity.

    • Loco

      kikikiki a chief is also a man, i feel he could have asked a subordinate to talk to her on his behalf… But we still need to hear the girls side of the story, maybe it was self defense

    • Pilate Mhlanga

      And what was the silly chief doing @ the township? Was he presiding over a tradition court session @ at the said township?

    • Mlambapheli

      I agree.

  • musa


  • Joy

    When you go to Rome one should do what the Romans do, this also apply to teenagers from Bulawayo when they get to Binga. Wisdom is the answer.

  • Tapuwa Fresh

    good girl , teaching the misogynistic idiot a lesson

    • YellowPeeps8Up

      KkKkk eish

  • qondani


    • zibulo

      Kkkkkkkk, nice one, mfowethu!!

  • Sillious

    Hey folks. We talkin about Igweeeeee here. Okay!

  • Orange

    Is this article newsworthy?

  • shumba


  • Major Musango

    a teenager is now addressed as Ms?

  • Ras Makate (Mutunhu une Mago)

    Its very unusual for females, of that particular age group, to physically attack elderly men unless there is extreme provocation or if they are pushed into a defensive mode because of the other party’s threatening attitude. Even here on the streets of Bulawayo that is quite rare, if not unheard of. I suspect that we are not getting the full story here, its quite possible she lashed out in self defence. And in any case respect is a two way process, one has to adopt an attitude that is also respectful of the other party when addressing and admonishing them. An attitude that says I am the Chief and you are a nobody can be very counter productive, our females are tired of being taken for granted and abused so we also have to revise our thinking and attitudes when dealing with them…..

    • Zodwa

      if you don’t want the level of commitment a marriage requires, don’t get married.

      • Ras Makate (Mutunhu une Mago)

        Are we discussing the same topic here….?

    • Thelmah Tee Zenzile

      I agree. This article does not state facts from both sides.

    • enosvhi

      Chief vaida zviro apa.

  • chinos

    Good lesson

  • Timothym419

    Still no reason to assault the Chief.More than likely she was a prostitute by the way she was acting because a well raised child will have listened or walked away.

  • Question Mark?

    Forgeting the canabis factor?

  • Joshua Chinyama

    Aproach is very important.chief’s aproach cause the girl to be crazy.remember bad aproach cause the death of 50000 .2kings1:12.there is a way of doing things despite you are right

  • Mlambapheli

    They is more to it than meet the eye here. I suspect the Chief was up to mischief in the first place and things did not go his way. He was overwhelmed by the new girls in the area and wanted to try his luck and have an upper hand before abafana benkomo come through. Why on earth would a man of his stature and age be wanting to go around counsel young girls on their dressing yet they are women in the community who can do that? What he was doing was actually cultural wrong and hence he got what he deserved.
    Where on earth do you find an old male reprimanding a young female over dressing? The Chief should have assigned on of the elderly women in the vicinity to go and counsel the girls over their dressing. Am sure the girls would have appreciated it much better than being approached by a male. He should have known better.

  • enosvhi

    Chief dont get respect because of their behaviour.Instead of addressing important issues with government like health services he tells off a girl.