CONTROVERSIAL black empowerment activist Sonny Chasi appeared in court yesterday facing charges of raping his daughter four years ago and murdering his wife for alleged infidelity last Monday.
By Our Senior Court Reporter
The alleged murder happened two weeks after Chasi (72) had just been released from prison after serving three years of a seven-year jail term for fraud.
Chasi, of Waterford suburb in Bulawayo, was not formally charged with rape and murder when he appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Learnmore Mapiye.
He was remanded in custody to December 7 and advised to make a bail application at the High Court.
Charges against him are that sometime in July this year, Chasi was released on vacation from Connemara Open Prison in the Midlands where he was serving a seven-year term for fraudulently selling his house in Bulawayo to two different people.
On arrival home, he allegedly found his wife Dorcas Majola (41) having been impregnated by another man and he picked a fight with her before he threatened to kill her for infidelity.
He went back to prison and was then released on November 2 after serving three years and eight months of his sentence.
Chasi allegedly proceeded to Nkulumane where his wife was staying and had a physical confrontation with her.
On November 15, he allegedly collected her from her workplace at a city hotel after impressing on her that they had to undergo HIV tests.
When they arrived at the corner of 4th Avenue and Lawley Road, Chasi allegedly assaulted her and left her for dead.
He allegedly later filed a false police report claiming he and his wife had been mugged by robbers and he was failing to locate her.
Police took him to the scene where they found Majola lying unconscious. They took her to United Bulawayo Hospital where she died the following day.
Police investigations later led to Chasi’s arrest as the prime suspect in the murder case. Chasi is alleged to have raped his then 12-year-old daughter in 2008, claiming the deed would make him rich.