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Zim mom, charged with killing daughter Alexia Nyamadzawo has history of mental illness

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A Zimbabwean woman, charged with the murder of her 6-year-old daughter Alexis Nyamadzawo near Durban, has a history of mental illness.

This was revealed in Umhlali Magistrate’s Court where the 42-year-old, Fungayi Nyamadzawo, appeared for the second time.

Her bail application was abandoned after prosecutor Sanesh Rambaran told Magistrate Blanche van Eeden that the State had obtained new information about Nzyamadzawo’s mental status and a history of mental illness.

He said the defence had some doctors’ reports “which might be relevant” and the State intended to subpoena the reports from the medical professionals.

This was to ascertain whether or not she should be sent for mental observation to establish her fitness to stand trial and her mental capacity at the time of the commission of the offence.

If that were the case, he said, the office of the provincial Director of Public Prosecutions would “expedite the matter” for her referral.

Nyamadzawo will be detained in police cells in KwaDukuza until her next appearance on 17 June.

Speaking to journalists after the brief hearing, defence attorney Rakesh Maharaj said his client was very emotional and that it had been challenging to get instructions from her.

He said he had sight of two medical expert reports, compiled prior to “the incident”.

Alexia’s father, Charlton, who is an accountant, attended the court hearing.

Sources said relatives wanted the little girl to be buried there and arrangements were being made for this.

A local memorial service was held this week. A written obituary states that Alexia would have turned seven next month.

“She was shy by nature and always wanted to please her mom, dad and 14-year-old sister.

“She had a love for swimming and showed promise for gymnastics. Filled with life, she sought opportunities to give assistance and [do] the best for others.

“In true fashion in December, she gave her father R100 and some clothes that no longer fitted her. Daddy gave it to those who don’t have anything in Zimbabwe.

The obituary read:

May 31, 2020 is a dark day for all of us. Our special young angel left us for a better place.
It ended: “We all make mistakes. But we should learn to forgive.”

Alexia’s body was discovered last week in a remote sugar cane field on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast, two days after her mother claimed that she had been “snatched” from the back seat of her car, while she drove slowly over a speed bump.

Nyamadzawo faces charges of murder, kidnapping and defeating the ends of justice.

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Fraudster arrested after swipping for $390 000 groceries

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A fraudster has been arrested after he swiped for groceries worth more than $398 000 at OK Supermarket in Hwange using a bank card that had been tampered with.

The man, Brian Pedzisa of Chitungwiza, was arrested on Thursday and is suspected to be among a gang of people who have been using cloned cards and other bank card related tactics to con various retail shops across the country.

Detectives on Thursday pounced on Pedzisa at the supermarket, moments after he was about to get out after swiping for groceries worth $396 384.

Matabeleland North provincial police spokesperson Inspector Glory Banda confirmed the incident and said police were now looking for two other people linked to the sca

“On 10 June 2021 a gang of three fraudsters tried to defraud OK Hwange Supermarket of groceries worth $396 384.

One of the fraudsters successfully used an electronic Visa card to make purchases but before he could make off he was arrested by a team of watchful detectives who were working on a tip-off. Upon being interviewed the suspect revealed that he was working with two other accomplices who are still at large,” said Insp Banda.

He said the gang had used the same strategy to defraud OK Mart Victoria Falls of an undisclosed amount in groceries. He appealed to members of the public to assist with information leading to their arrest.

“The two accomplices are on the run anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of these two criminals can report at the nearest police station,” said Insp Banda.

He called on shop owners to enhance security to avoid such incidents which were on the rise in the country.

“As police we would like to implore shop owners to enhance security at their premises through use of alarm systems and Closed Circuit Television. Retailers should examine electronic cards and do necessary verifications before processing of electronic transactions. For the record some fraudsters misrepresent themselves as humanitarian workers.”

According to sources privy to the incident, the gang would approach the supermarkets seeking a quotation for groceries pretending that the transaction wanted would be effected from a nostro account. Later one of the gang members would return to make purchases using a Visa card whose microchip would have been tampered with. Sunday News

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BREAKING : Former Studio 263 actress Anne Nhira dies in SA

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Former Studio 263 actress Anne Nhira who acted as Vimbai Jari in the soap has died.

She was 38 years old.

Her brother Juan Nhira confirmed the news.

“She sustained injuries on her chest area, rib cage and back during a robbery on Monday afternoon in Bedford view South Africa. She was only 38 years of age,” he said.

Juan said her funeral arrangements will be announced in due course. Rest in peace Anne.

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Watch: Chivhu mother beheads her four children sets house on fire

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Video footage has emerged after a Chivhu mother allegedly beheaded her four children before setting the family house on fire.

Police said on Twitter, “The woman then surrendered herself to the Police.”

National Police Spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said he was not in a position to give further details as the case was in it’s infancy.

“Our police officers are still attending the crime scene,” he said.

The incident occurred in Highview suburb in Chivhu which is about 146km from Harare.

The woman’s name and age could not be immediately established.

Meanwhile, videos of the multiple murder scene have surfaced online.

Watch the video below;

Scene of the horrific Chivhu children murder

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