Medical report confirms that wife who confessed to hacking her husband is unfit to attend court

The 42-year-old woman who confessed to her family and in-laws of hacking her husband and throwing his body parts in a pit latrine, Nancy Majonhi, could not attend court on Tuesday, 19 October 2021, due to her ill-health.

The spokesperson of the national prosecuting authority (NPA) Henry Mamothame said the Mogwase Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday postponed Majonhi’s murder case to 9 November 2021 for medical attention and further mental evaluation.

Mamothame said a medical report from a hospital in which Majohni is admitted, conforming that due to her ill-health she is not fit to appear before the magistrate, was submitted in court.

“In relation to her mental evaluation, the medical report indicates her reluctance to eat and take prescribed medication as a concerning factor. She will remain in hospital under severe observation in an effort to improve on her health and mental status before her next court appearance.

“The state hopes for her speedy recovery in order to proceed with the bail hearing and the trial itself. The state intends opposing the bail application,” Mamothame said.

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Police reports reveal that Majonhi was staying with her husband, Prosper Chipungare (44), at a rented room in Ledig near Sun City when they had a fight on Tuesday, 28 July 2015.

Majonhi allegedly assaulted her husband with a hammer until he fainted. She then hacked him with a spade and threw the body parts into three different pit latrines before cleaning the crime scene out. Subsequent to the alleged killing, she went to Sun City police station where she reported her husband as missing.

Majonhi allegedly departed to Zimbabwe where she later confessed to her family and in-laws that she killed her husband. The families arranged to come to South Africa, Sun City where the accused handed herself over to the police. She later pointed the police to the different pit latrines where she threw the body parts, six years ago.

“An investigation by the police is still underway following the retrieval of a skull and bones which are currently subjected to DNA tests.

“She will remain in hospital for further health and mental care before her next court appearance,” Mamothame said.

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