Andile Tshuma, Chronicle Reporter
POLICE have urged members of the public to report threats of violence so that preventive action can be taken before it is executed.
In a statement, National Police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said people should not take threats of death or violence lightly.
She said this following the murder of four siblings in Gokwe on August 18.
Dingilizwe Dube (39) allegedly killed the four siblings, Peculiar (4), Princess (13), Preference (15) and Progress (19) Dlomo in a fit of anger.
He is reported to have sent a message to the Dlomo family threatening to kill its members before the actual act.
Police cornered and arrested him at a hideout in Inyathi on Saturday.
Senior Asst Comm Charamba said police investigations showed that the Gokwe case had been premeditated murder, making it a crime that attracts a very heavy sentence if one is convicted.
“From investigations conducted, it was established that the suspect had threatened the family previously and was involved in violent acts.
“There were clear signs that one day he was going to fulfil the threat.
“Police are therefore urging members of the public to report such violent conduct, as at times the suspects execute their threats. This is one case but there are similar ones that have occurred in the country,” she said.
“The Zimbabwe Republic police would like to confirm the arrest of Dingilizwe Dube a 39 year old male adult who (allegedly) committed a gruesome murder in Chitsiga Village under Chief Mukoka on 18 August 2017,” reads part of the statement.
Senior Asst Comm Charamba urged the public to desist from taking the law into their own hands in the event of disputes.
“All those who take the law into their hands and perpetrate heinous crimes such as murder will have themselves to blame since this is a serious offence and will never go unpunished. Police will do everything within the confines of the law to ensure that suspects are brought to book,” said Ass Comm Charamba.
Dube allegedly committed the cold blooded killings after he had an argument with his wife Ms Priviledge Ndlovu.
Last week after the burial of his victims, Dube allegedly confessed to the killings and sent his family to apologise to the Dlomo family and offer compensation, fearing avenging spirits.
The Dlomo family has demanded 48 head of cattle.