Local Community Cooperative Treasurer Killed After Collecting Subscriptions
A 59-Year-old horticulture farmer and treasurer at a local community cooperative was on Saturday 25 September 2022 evening tortured by fire and killed at her homestead in the Mahuhushe area, in Beitbridge, Chronicle reported.
Sources close to the case said the unknown assailants, who are yet to be arrested, were probably looking for R31 000 that Jane Chauke had reportedly collected from a community-based savings club (SILC) for safe keeping at her house on Wednesday 21 September 2022.
The police officer commanding Beitbridge district (Dispol), Chief Superintendent Tichaona Nyongo said the police were investigating a case of murder. He said:
We are investigating a case of murder that occurred in the Mahuhushe village, Headman Ndou, Chief Matibe Lutumba, Beitbridge on Saturday evening.
The now deceased is suspected to have been strangled to death by unknown accused person(s) in her bedroom at her homestead.
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Nyongo said the initial investigations revealed that Chauke’s lifeless body was discovered by one of her employees who arrived at her homestead on Sunday at around 7 am.
He then alerted Chauke’s relatives and neighbours who then thronged the scene.
A report was then made at the ZRP Lutumba Police Base.
Chauke was found lying facing upwards both her hands tied to the front with a wrapping cloth (Zambia).
Nyongo said Chauke had bruises on the neck, bled from the mouth and nose and had burnt plastic residue on the left thigh, an assumption that she was tortured prior to her death.
Her bedroom had been ransacked as indicated by clothes which were scattered around the room.
Chauke’s body was taken to the Beitbridge District Hospital Mortuary pending a post-mortem.