The Chronicle Zimbabwe reports that the dead man allegedly raped and stabbed a woman from the family last week, leaving her hospitalised.
The man identified as Misheck Khanye (24) of Village 9, Allendale in Fort Rixon, had allegedly raped at least six other women in the village and was a known thug but police never arrested him.
Witnesses, including his family, said everyone was celebrating that “the dog that had terrorised the community for so long, had finally died.”
The villagers said the father of the victim (61), his five sons (names withheld to protect the identity of the rape survivor) and Mduduzi Nxumalo (24), ganged up to kill Khanye.
The brothers of the rape victim fled from the scene leaving their father behind, who was then arrested.
The incident occurred at around 11AM at Shangani Business Centre.
“Khanye, who was armed with a machete and a knife, raped the woman last week. He went into hiding after villagers decided to mete out mob justice,” said Mr Never Ncube.
“One of the woman’s brothers arrived from South Africa last week and we think he mobilised family members to hunt Misheck down. They ambushed him as he disembarked from a vehicle at Shangani business centre and chased him to Shangani Police Base.
“A policeman from the base rushed to the business centre but the woman’s father held him while his sons chased Misheck. They stabbed him twice as he tried to get protection from other cops at the base.”
Mr Jonath Mpofu, Khanye’s uncle, said his nephew had been terrorising the community but had finally messed with the wrong family.
“Last week, he raped a woman who is a mother of two. He disappeared after committing the crime and we had not seen him till now when we were called to identify the body”, he said.
While speaking about Khanye's death, a member of his family said last week that the family had resolved to hand him over to the police to save him from being killed by villagers, the moment he returned before he met his untimely death.
“Not that he deserved to die, but he needed to account for his deeds. He raped, robbed and mugged people. He was now hated in the community,” she said.
A police source said detectives recovered goods that villagers lost in robberies recently in his bag, indicating he was responsible for the crimes.
“An airtime agent was robbed of cash and airtime recharge cards on Monday night. His bag was snatched in the dark on his way home. The now deceased was found with the bag.”
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