Landlord jailed for stabbing tenant

A Bulawayo man is languishing in remand prison for allegedly stabbing his tenant with a knife following a dispute over rent.

Richard Muponde Senior Court Reporter

Themba Vundla (35) of Old Magwegwe was not asked to plead to the attempted murder of Mgcini Ncube when he briefly appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Richard Ramaboea on Tuesday.

He was remanded in custody to October 23.

State counsel Tatenda Dakwa told the court that on October 6 at around 530pm, Ncube’s uncle, Mpilo Mdlongwa, paid $40 to Vundla as rent for a room they were occupying.

However, Vundla allegedly told Ncube to vacate his lodgings and seek alternative accommodation. A misunderstanding arose after Ncube demanded that Vundla reimburse the $40 which his uncle had paid earlier.

In a fit of rage, Vundla armed himself with an Okapi knife and allegedly stabbed Ncube once on the right side of the ribcage, inflicting a deep cut on him.

Ncube was rushed to Mpilo Central Hospital for treatment and the matter was reported to police.

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