Another stabbing in Gwanda

A MAN believed to be a gold panner was allegedly stabbed and stoned in the early hours of yesterday morning at Phumulani Lodge in a scuffle that involved a sex worker.

ALBERT NCUBE
OWN CORRESPONDENT

The incident occurred hardly 48 hours after another man was stabbed to death in the mining town in a fight over a memory card.

Early morning shoppers at Old Jahunda high-density suburb said they were greeted by a pool of blood outside the lodge, which doubles up as a grocery store.

The lodge is a popular haven for commercial sex workers who stay at the place, but they had disappeared by yesterday morning.

When Southern Eye visited the lodge scores of shell-shocked residents had gathered outside speculating on what could have happened.

There was a pool of blood and some blood stains on the wall as well as pieces of glass from broken windows and some stones suggesting that there had been a fierce fight.

Some residents who stay close to the lodge said they had heard sounds of people fighting after midnight, but gave conflicting reports on what could have transpired.

Some suggested a fight broke out between two men after a regular client caught his lover in bed with another man resulting in the two fighting.

Others suggested a prostitute had stabbed her client after he failed to pay for services rendered.

Matabeleland South provincial police spokesman, Inspector Philisani Ndebele professed ignorance of the incident despite it having been the talk of town for the whole of yesterday.

There have been widespread calls by residents for the closure of Phumulani Lodge after it was converted into a brothel that houses live-in commercial sex workers, most of who are from outside Gwanda.

Meanwhile William Siwela (22), who allegedly stabbed his colleague Tarisai Ncube over a memory card on Sunday morning, appeared before Gwanda magistrate Arafat Kozanai facing a murder charge.

Dressed in blue jeans, a matching Nike jacket and black snickers, Siwela appeared calm as he stood in the dock gazing at the interpreter as details of the chilling murder case were outlined to him.

He was not asked to plead and was remanded in custody to July 22. He was advised to apply for bail at the High Court.

McAllister Ncube of Mabhikwa, Hikwa and Nyathi legal practitioners appeared for Siwela while Edward Ndlovu prosecuted.

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