Bulawayo School Closed After Murdered Body Found On Premise
Intunta Primary School in Bulawayo’s Sizinda suburb was temporarily closed following the discovery of a half-naked dead body in the schoolyard. The deceased, identified as Musawakhe Nceku Mthunzi (21), was discovered by the two Grade Five pupils at around 7 in the morning.
The deceased had bruises and deep cuts all over the body, raising suspicions that he could have been murdered. He was positively identified by his father, Japhet Mthunzi, who travelled from his rural home in Matobo in Matabeleland South.
Musawakhe was Mr Mthunzi’s last born from four children.
"When I got home on Saturday, my wife told me that Musa had not come home since Friday. I had come to see her because she wasn’t feeling well. I went around asking his friends until Sunday. I thought he had been arrested for not wearing a mask and was detained at the police station or he was caught drinking in public," said Mr Mthunzi.
He decided to go to Tshabalala police station to see if his son had been arrested so he could pay the fine.
"When I was on my way there, I don’t know what made me change direction towards the school, my heart just said divert this route. When I got to the school I saw people gathered there and, in my head, I’m thinking that there was a fight and then I enquired what was happening. I was then told that the body of a man was found in the school," said Mr Mthunzi.
Though people were not allowed to enter the school premises, he forced his way in as he looking for his son.
"I asked inside and they said, the person had a black t-shirt. I then phoned my wife and asked what he was wearing when he was last seen and she said a black t-shirt. I then asked the people again, they said he was wearing a jean and I phoned my wife again and she said he was wearing a jean, but I didn’t tell her. One of the employees at the school who knows me because my children learnt there said to me, ‘mdala ungabalomnyama’."
Mr Mthunzi said he was then given a chair to sit on, while police did their investigations, thereafter he was asked by police to identify the body.
"He was facing up. When I looked at him, I immediately said this is my child. I was so pained at how I would tell my wife. The police took me in their car to our house about 2KMs from the school. I was accompanied by a female and two male police officers who narrated to my wife what had happened," said Mr Mthunzi.
The body was later ferried to the United Bulawayo Hospital (UBH) mortuary, where a post-mortem report revealed that Musawakhe was hit several times on the head, resulting in bleeding in the brain and likely causing his death.
The Director of Communications and Advocacy in the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, Taungana Ndoro told Chronicle that lessons were only suspended on Monday but resumed on Tuesday. He said:
"To provide learner support services in light of the traumatic experience they underwent.
"They are given psychological services by our department Learner Welfare, Special Needs and Psychological Services Department.
"We have got psychologists in the ministry who attend to those learners and provide learner support services.
"It was just a suspension of lessons for that day and they are now back to school.
"The same psychologists take time to address the learners at the school class by class.
"They must have gone there and counselled the learners by now."
Source : Chronicle