Pool of death ‘claims’ Poly student

Enkwalini, also known as the pool of death in Bulawayo

Enkwalini, also known as the pool of death in Bulawayo

Nyaradzo Bakari/Siphathisiwe Tshuma, Chronicle Reporters
A STUDENT from Bulawayo Polytechnic College allegedly committed suicide by throwing himself into Enkwalini, also known as the “pool of death”, following a misunderstanding with his mother.

The “pool of death” in Entumbane suburb has claimed many lives over the years.  Timothy Michael Tembo (24) from Entumbane suburb allegedly told his friends that he was going to commit suicide on Monday afternoon.

His family is in anguish as his body has not been recovered.

The family suspects Tembo threw himself into the pool on Monday night after finding his slippers at the side of the pool.

A family member, who was part of scores of residents that waited by the pool for the police sub-aqua unit yesterday, declined to speak to the Press.

“We are in great suspense. We cannot speak until his body has been found,” said a woman who declined to identify herself.

Tembo’ friends said he was distressed and they last they saw him moving around the edge of the pool on Monday evening.

He was a final year boiler making student at Bulawayo Polytechnic College.

The sub-aqua unit searched for the body for hours yesterday and had to give up when it became too dark.

They are scheduled to resume the search today.

A source close to investigations said Timothy had a misunderstanding with his mother on Sunday, leading to his disappearance from home on Monday morning.

Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Precious Simango said investigations were underway.

In January, the body of Ngoni Savanhu (43) was found floating in the “pool of death,” days after he went missing.

Last year in April, an 18-year-old boy died in another suicide case in the same pool.

It is alleged that Victor Sibanda committed suicide after being beaten up by his mother for scratching a car belonging to the mother’s boyfriend.

A week earlier, Dalisa Ntele, a man from Njube suburb had allegedly killed himself in the pool.

It is alleged that he had told his family and neighbours they were seeing him for the last time.

Witnesses said he sat at the edge of the pool for a long time sniffing snuff. Suspicious fishermen quizzed him about his intentions but he told them to stay away from him. When they did he threw himself into the water.

The body of a 16-year-old girl was found floating in the pool last year, a few days after she had gone missing. She was a Form Four pupil at a city school and it was suspected that she committed suicide after finding out that she was pregnant.

Earlier this year, Entumbane residents suggested churches and traditionalists should combine to exorcise a spirit of death from Enkwalini.

They said there was a demon that invited community members to plunge to their death at the pool.

Residents urged the City council to fence the pool and have it guarded.

In April, Entumbane Councillor Gladys Masuku said council would look into putting a perimeter fence around the pool and engage security guards.

Reports say this is a man-made pool, dug allegedly by Davies Granite for quarry stones. After getting the stones and the money that goes with them, they left a gaping ground that has become a death hole. Water collects in it whenever it rains.

The company has denied responsibility.


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  • sigodo

    Please close the pool, period.

    • Dunderhead

      It is not a small pool, it is a deep open cast mine. To fill it up, another mine of its its size will have to be dug for gravel.

  • God of War

    When a person wants to commit suicide; nothing can stop them, not even a fence. The best they can do is open up a counselling centre in that neighbourhood and deal with the depression that people are going thru.

    • makhosi

      its a hazard, backfill it

      • ThaDoggPound

        Can the water therein not be used for some purpose?
        Sources of fresh water are becoming more and more scarce.

  • Je M’appelle Kindness Khupe

    fence tht pool immediately, the are rumours of mermaids

    • Sukuzukuduma


    • Zvinochererwa Padzairimwa

      Gee you’re really rocking that perverse gratification there

  • Je M’appelle Kindness Khupe

    i saw a mermaid on tht pool

    • Jofa

      I have always know that you are a nut case. RODDY.

      • Je M’appelle Kindness Khupe

        watch yo tongue wn u talking to me

    • Zvinochererwa Padzairimwa

      Your comments are like farts, unless they’re your own they’re really gross and nauseating.

  • benjamin

    Is it necessary for that pool to be there? is not not actually a breeding ground for mosquitoes? Is it of any use? Is it not a hazard to children who may be tempted to swim in it? Is it natural? Is it a wetland we should protect?

    I think filling it up wouldn’t be a bad idea at all. If it’s something we should protect for the sake of the environment, then why not fence it since it’s in the middle of a residential area?

    • Bambanani

      The last time I heard, council had given that to some businessman who was going to fence it off and use it for “business”. Whatever happened to that deal, only council knows

      • Zvinochererwa Padzairimwa

        People do whatever they want these days. They don’t give a damn about anyone else outside their own immediate circle.

  • P22

    Hahahahaha this guy must be very alive. He is just playing with peoples’ brains. If a human dies, they float on the water. he just left his slippers and went somewhere else and hide

    • musa

      do they float on the very day or they float after some considerable time? i’m asking so that i i know, i’m not experienced with drowning cases.

      • Leon

        same day until and unless he loaded stones in his pockets.

        • Zvinochererwa Padzairimwa

          Is this a Theory?

          • Jofa

            Its discussing wena Nwabu.

      • Zvinochererwa Padzairimwa

        It might be better just to take on what is written, even if the tone displeases you.

        • musa

          wassup troll

  • Nkunzemnyama

    What a dummy? A lifeless body floats on water, why will it take so long to find his body in a pool?. He is somewhere with friends or in his rural village. These police are as dull as zanu leaders who beleived a songoma with her magic of purified diesel oozing out of a rock ?!

    • Zvinochererwa Padzairimwa

      No analysis? No argument proferred? No substantiation? No evidence-backed reasoning.

      • Jofa

        Its an opinion Stupid.

      • Nkunzemnyama

        Thula wena swina-ndini. Wazini pasi?

        • Zvinochererwa Padzairimwa

          Not sure of the usefulness of your post??

          • Nkunzemnyama

            Uzokwazi Msunukanyoko

          • Chelsea Jubang

            True i support you.

    • Ras Makate (Mutunhu une Mago)

      Not always the case, at least until the decomposition really sets in and bloats the body thereby enabling it to float, or the body gets stuck on something like the poles and pieces of metal in that pool.

  • taneta

    Davis Granite should be assigned to fill up their deadly dam maybe that’s their muti to get money these businesses of ours nxaaaaaaaaa!!!

  • BonzoReChihuta

    If there is no body, why claim death, Dear Journos? Selling your paper?