Whinsley Masara Chronicle Reporter
FIVE men are on the run after allegedly fatally stabbing a man with a knife in Tsholotsho on Wednesday. Marshal Tshuma, 18, of Nkunzi area, under chief Mahlathini was stabbed once in the thigh and bled to death on admission at Bubude Clinic. Villagers last saw Mondli Msebele, 22, wanted by police for stock theft, Mthandazo Nkosi, 19, Moment Sibanda, 18, Ishmael Sibindi, Xolile Ncube, all of Fongola Line in Mahlathini village, as they fled from the crime scene.
Ward 16 Councillor Patrick Ngwenya said he was sad that villagers just watched as the men fought, without trying to stop them.
“Tshuma was with three friends, Newton Mlalazi, Velani Ndlovu and Enerst Tshuma as they approached Bubude business centre at around 4 PM.
“They met a group of their rivals who accused them of looking like they were looking for a fight,” said the councillor.
He said the rivals began to throw stones at Tshuma’s group to incite a fight. “Tshuma’s group ran away from their rivals and sought shelter at Mkombe store.
“The other group also sat and waited where the four couldn’t see them,” said Ngwenya. He said after about 20 minutes, Tshuma went out of the shop and walked for about 50 metres to relieve himself.
“The gang pounced on him and wrestled with him. One of them drew a knife from his pocket and stabbed him once in the thigh.
“Villagers witnessed Tshuma collapsing. The gang fled from the scene, leaving him lying on the ground,” said Ngwenya. “When Marshal tried to stand up, he collapsed again. His friends, worried by his delay, went outside the shop to investigate and found him unconscious in a pool of blood.”
They carried him to a nearby clinic but he died on admission. He said it was sad that sometimes villagers failed to help in stopping fights, which resulted in death.
“If only elders could learn to stand up and face these young men who want to pretend to be thugs and surrender them to the police, this wayward behaviour would stop.
“I don’t believe that elders found in business centres can fail to control these violent young men. We should act rather than watch from afar,” said Ngwenya.
Matabeleland North police spokesperson Inspector Siphiwe Makonese could not be reached for comment.