THE High Court Hwange circuit will try 18 murder cases from Matabeleland North province from November 11 with Bulawayo High Court judge Justice Martin Makonese presiding over the cases.
SENIOR COURT REPORTER
The oldest case involves a Victoria Falls traditional healer who allegedly administered a concoction into his client’s stomach through his anal canal which resulted in his death due to complications.
The case of the Victoria Falls traditional healer, Sitshengisiwe Mzombe (56), has gone for more than seven years without being heard.
Mzombe is facing charges of causing the death of her client Everest Zulu who had a mental problem coupled with other illnesses.
Zulu suffered a mental illness in June 2006 and was admitted at Filabusi Hospital, but his condition did not improve.
In November, the same year, his relatives decided to seek alternative help and took him to Mzombe’s house in Chinotimba suburb in Victoria Falls for traditional treatment.
As part of the treatment, Mzombe performed an enema on Zulu inducing a concoction into his rectum.
Thereafter, his condition further deteriorated.
He started having difficulties walking and complained of itchiness around his anal area.
Realising that he was getting worse, his relatives took him to a local Victoria Falls doctor who referred them to Bulawayo without any treatment describing Zulu’s condition as complicated.
Zulu was admitted in the Intensive Care Unit at the United Bulawayo Hospitals where he eventually passed on November 27.
A police report was made and investigations led to Mzombe’s arrest.