Man hacks pregnant wife to death for sleeping with ex-husband; commits suicide

A man who caught his wife in bed with her ex-husband hacked her to death before committing suicide.

Bloody Axe

A Zimbabwean wheelbarrow operator identified as Nkululeko Mlotshwa, has committed suicide after hacking his pregnant wife to death because he caught her having sex on their matrimonial bed with her ex-husband.

According to, Mlotshwa had long suspected his wife, Stabile Dube of having extra-marital affairs with her ex-husband, a money changer, and had questioned her several times but she always denied having anything to do with the man until he caught her red handed in the act on his own bed.

The horrific incident happened in the evening of Monday, August 17, at the family's house in Mapfungautsi suburb in Gokwe Town but neighbours only discovered on Tuesday afternoon after seeing a blood-stained axe outside the couple's house.

Dube who had two children with her ex-husband, was also suspected to be carrying the man's pregnancy even when living with another man. After divorcing her first husband, Dube married Mlotshwa in 2011 and the couple were yet to have a child of their own for some years until Dube fell pregnant recently.

A neighbour said he was aware of the strain in the couple's marriage because Mlotshwa had complained to him that his wife had continued to secretly see her ex-husband.

Another neighbour, Thelma Phiri, said word started doing the rounds in the small town that Dube was cheating on Mlotshwa with her ex-husband and it was also alleged that Dube was impregnated by her ex-husband.

A family source told

"Dube was heavily pregnant at the time of her death and it's believed that the ex-husband was responsible. Mlotshwa was also known as Malume in Mapfungautsi. Malume was popular since he used to carry people's stuff using his pushcart.

On Monday afternoon, Mlotshwa received a tip-off that Dube and her ex-husband were camped at his house. Mlotshwa was at the town centre touting for clients when he got the message. He wasted no time and rushed home where he forcibly opened the bedroom door. Dube's ex-husband immediately escaped."

We don't know what happened to the duo but on the next morning we were called to the house when some people said they hadn't seen the couple the whole day. They said there was a blood-stained axe outside the house.

We were shocked to see the horrible sight of the severed head of Dube and the body of Mlotshwa hanging from the roof.

The room looked like a slaughter house with blood and small pieces of human flesh all over the place."

A statement from the police said they suspected Mlotshwa had axed his wife to death before hanging himself.


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