NRZ saboteur blames evil spirits

A TSHABALALA man in Bulawayo, who went berserk and destroyed 14 rail signal lights belonging to the National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ), yesterday told Bulawayo magistrate Charity Maphosa that he was possessed by his ancestors who cause him to be violent.


Nhlanhla Donga (34) was not asked to plead to malicious damage to property when he appeared and Maphosa remanded him out of custody to October 9 and ordered that he be examined by two medical doctors to ascertain his mental status due to his incoherent responses.

When asked why he vandalised the signal lights, Donga said: “I was possessed by evil spirits; sometimes ancestral spirits come into me.”

Prosecutor Kudakwashe Jaravaza told the court that on August 14 at around 1am, NRZ security officer Costa Ncube (51) was on duty carrying out perimeter checks around NRZ at the Bulawayo Main Station.

During the patrol, he heard some noises and went to check. He found Donga between Platform 1 and 2 allegedly destroying signal lights worth $2 800 using an iron bar.

Donga became violent and tried to attack Ncube with the iron bar and also pelted him with stones. Ncube called for help and Donga was later apprehended and taken to Bulawayo Central Police Station.

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