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Wife accused of butchering husband and dumping his body parts in pit latrine too ill for court

The 42-year-old woman accused of hacking her husband and throwing his body parts in a pit latrine was too ill for court on Tuesday and the matter had to be postponed by the Mogwase Magistrates’ Court in the North West to 12 October 2021 for a bail application.

The spokesperson of the national prosecuting authority (NPA) Henry Mamothame said the postponement of Nancy Majonhi’s murder case was effected due to her ill-health, which also prevented her from appearing in court on 21 September 2021 for a bail hearing.

“Subsequently, she was given medical attention with the hope of an improved health when she appears in court today. Reports, however, reveal that her state of health has not improved owing to her refusal to eat while in police custody,” Mamothame said.

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According to police reports, Majonhi was staying with her husband, 44-year-old Prosper Chipungare 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 underway and they managed to retrieve a skull and bones which will be subjected to DNA tests.

“She will remain in police custody until her next court appearance. Authorities will also monitor her health status leading to her court appearance,” Mamothame said.

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