“Children are infected due to mothers’ reluctance to get antiretroviral therapy during pregnancy and breastfeeding and others register at the clinics late whilst the children are already infected.”

Woman kills, buries new-born baby

A 33-YEAR-OLD Nkayi woman has been arrested after she allegedly killed and buried her newly-born baby. 

Silibaziso Mpofu, 33, of Dobhani village in Gwelutshena, Nkayi, Matabeleland North Province, allegedly gave birth to a baby boy on December 6 this year.  

 “The suspect gave birth to a baby boy and killed the infant by pouring hot water onto the infant’s stomach. She then dug a shallow pit in her yard and buried the body,” national police spokesperson Paul Nyathi said in a statement. 

Meanwhile, police in Esigodini have arrested two men suspected to have committed a homicide at Carmen Farm. 

“The ZRP confirms the arrest of Mncedisi Ncube and Thobani Khumalo, 26, in connection with a case of murder which occurred at Carmen Farm, Esigodini on 12/12/21,” police said. 

“The two suspects, together with one, only known as ‘Boss’, fatally assaulted Lawrence Khumalo, 23, all over the body with stones and logs after a misunderstanding over an undisclosed issue at a beer binge. 

“On noticing that the victim was unconscious, the suspects threw the victim into Umzingwane River. The body was later found floating in the river with a deformed skull 13/12/21.”  — ANDILE TSHUMA