Nurse acquitted on culpable homicide charge


A NURSE stationed at Mabale Clinic in Dete has been acquitted of a culpable homicide charge levelled against her.


Nqobile Ngwenya has been charged for causing the death of a passenger who was thrown out of her car during an accident.

The accident occurred at the 39km peg along the Bulawayo-Victoria Falls Road on August 24 last year, killing Nkosilathi Mhlanga on the spot.

Ngwenya (35) of Njube in Bulawayo denied the culpable homicide charge and was on Wednesday acquitted for lack of evidence by Lupane magistrate Ndumo Masuku.

In his ruling, Masuku said the State had failed to prove a case against Ngwenya with the police detective, a Sergeant Ndlovu, accused of giving false evidence in court.

Masuku said although human life was lost in the accident, it was not possible for the court to convict Ngwenya without proving that she was a negligent driver.

In her defence, Ngwenya told the court that the accident was caused by a Bravo bus which encroached into her lane, causing her car to veer off the road and roll as she tried to avoid a head-on collision.

But the bus driver John Dengo denied encroaching into the right lane, accusing Ngwenya of entering a sharp curve at high speed, causing her to lose control of the vehicle.