Man Apprehended For Brutally Killing Pregnant Girlfriend
A 26-year-old man, Obvious Velani Sibanda from Emakhandeni suburb, has been arrested by the police for the brutal killing of his girlfriend, Nothabo Ncube.
The tragic incident occurred on Tuesday night at a house in Emakhandeni suburb, where Sibanda later surrendered himself to the authorities.
Confirming the disturbing murder, the police revealed that Sibanda and the victim, who was five months pregnant, were romantically involved and employed at the same company.
According to police reports, Sibanda confronted Ncube about a frequent caller in her cellphone, known only as Gift, whom he believed to be her boyfriend responsible for her pregnancy.
“On the 5th of February 2024 at around 1700 hours, the accused person and the now deceased, a female adult aged 26 years of Cowdray Park, Bulawayo knocked off duty and went to the accused person’s place of residence. Upon arrival at around 1800 hours, the accused person allegedly asked the now deceased about the contact number of a frequent caller in her cell phone called Gift. The now deceased told the accused person that Gift was her boyfriend and was responsible for the pregnancy, the accused claims. He further alleges that this did not go well with him and he took a metal bar which was behind the door, struck the now deceased once on the head and she fell down and became unconscious,” explained Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube.
The situation escalated tragically when Sibanda repeatedly struck his girlfriend with a metal bar until she succumbed to her injuries. Subsequently, Sibanda informed his parents of the incident before surrendering himself to the police later that evening.
The body of the deceased was taken to the United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH) for post-mortem examination following the horrific ordeal.
Inspector Ncube emphasized the importance of resolving disputes amicably and without resorting to violence to prevent needless loss of life.
He urged the public to seek assistance from various support organizations, such as Emthonjeni Women Forum, Musasa, and church or community leaders, as well as the police, in resolving conflicts and preventing gender-based violence.