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Zim teacher stabbed to death after failing Grade 8 pupil in South Africa

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Kingston Vhiya

A Grade 8 pupil has been charged with murder after allegedly stabbing to death a teacher he accused of failing him.

The 15-year-old allegedly went to the teacher’s home in the early hours of Saturday and started breaking all the windows with stones.

When Kingston Vhiya, a teacher at Bosele Middle School in Manyeding Village near Kuruman, Northern Cape, went outside, the boy is alleged to have hit him with a stone on the chest before stabbing him to death.

A friend who had been with the murdered 42-year-old teacher at the time of the incident said Vhiya had been stabbed after stepping out of the house to try talk to the boy.

“The boy started by throwing stones, breaking windows of the house. He accused Kingston of failing him at school. Kingston told him that he could not blame him for failing and that he should speak to individual subject teachers.

“The boy had broken the windows and was able to pull out Kingston’s phone, which was in the charger, through one of them (windows). Kingston then opened the door but was hit by a stone on his chest,” Zeky Mangei said.

He said he had tried to stop his friend from going out because he feared that the pupil might not have come alone.

Vhiya, from Masvingo in Zimbabwe, started teaching at the school last year.

“Kingston convinced me that they would just talk, to stop the boy from causing more damage to the house. When Kingston opened the door again and stepped outside, the boy repeatedly apologised for his behaviour, saying he was under the influence of drugs.

“The boy said he would come with his parents and they would fix the windows.

“The situation seemed calm and I went back inside the house. A few minutes later, I heard Kingston cry out loud. He said he had been stabbed. I rushed out and found him rolling on the ground.

“It was unbelievable,” Mangei said, adding that the pupil also charged at him with the knife and stones, and then ran off.

They loaded Vhiya in a car and rushed him to Kuruman Hospital.

“On our way there, Kingston kept saying that I should pray for him. I had hope that he would pull through. When nurses told us that he had passed away at about 4.30am, I could not believe it.

“My friend was a humble person and he loved teaching,” Mangei said.

Northern Cape police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Dimakatso Mooi confirmed the incident, saying Vhiya had been stabbed with a sharp object.

She said the pupil was expected to appear in the Mothibistad magistrate’s court today on a charge of murder.

Mooi said investigations were continuing.

Northern Cape education spokesperson Geoffrey van der Merwe had not responded to questions at the time of going to print.

Vhiya’s sister, Mpho Mthetha, said the family was devastated. She said his brother had been living in South Africa since 2008.

“I last spoke to Kingston on Monday I’m so sad. He was not fighting with anyone but he was killed.

“It will cost us between R30 000 to R50 000 for the repatriation of Kingston’s body to Zimbabwe. We do not have that kind of money,” Mthethwa said, adding that Vhiya had not been married and had no children.

“It is better that the boy has been arrested. He must face the consequences,” Mthethwa said.

This is not the first incident in which a teacher was killed or was assaulted. In March last year, Priscilla Mncunu, 54, the deputy principal of Laduma High School in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, was gunned down in front of Grade 12 pupils.

In August, Kate Chiloane was shot and killed by her husband in front of pupils at Sediba-Sa-Thuto Primary School in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga.

In October, a Randfontein pupil was suspended after he allegedly assaulted a teacher with a brick.

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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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