A beer drink brawl ended in tragedy after four men allegedly fatally assaulted their friend following a misunderstanding while drinking beer at Sibomvu Business Centre in Esigodini.
iHarare has established from The Chronicle that, Mpiloyihle Mpofu (27), Mthokozisi Ngwenya (20), Phembimuzi Zondo, and Meluleki Zondo from Sibomvu Village are alleged to have murdered their friend Donwell Ncube (27) for drinking more beer.
Matabeleland South police spokesperson Inspector Loveness Ncube confirmed the incident which happened on the 2nd of January 2021 at Sibomvu Business Centre saying;
“I can confirm a murder that occurred on 2 January 2021 at Sibomvu Business Centre at around 11 PM where Donwell Ncube (27) was brutally assaulted to death by four men after a beer drink.”
According to the police report, the four suspects bought beer and went to the now-deceased place of residence where they continued drinking. After finishing drinking the beers, the trio is alleged to have accused Ncube of consuming more beer than them.
A misunderstanding ensued between them as they accused Ncube of drinking their beer. The four accused are alleged to force-marched Ncube to the shops so that he could buy them more beer.
“The four accused persons forcefully escorted the deceased to buy beer at the shops. On arrival at Sibomvu Business Centre, they found shops closed as shop owners adhered to curfew times,” she said.
This did not go down well with the four suspects who took turns to attack their colleague using among other weapons, logs. Ncube sustained serious head injuries.
He was taken to Sibomvu Clinic and was transferred to Mpilo Central Hospital. Unfortunately, he died on the 4th of January.
Mpofu and Ngwenya (20) were arrested in connection with the murder while Phembimuzi Zondo and Meluleki Zondo, both of Sibomvu Village are on the run.
The police are appealing to anyone who might have information pertaining to Phembimuzi and Meluleki’s whereabouts to come forward and assist the police with their investigations.