A Bulilima man has been arrested after he allegedly struck his cousin with an axe in a dispute over gum poles.

Matabeleland South provincial police spokesperson, Chief Inspector Philisani Ndebele confirmed the incident which occurred on Saturday at around 2PM in Goba area. He said Nkosilathi Nondo (56) attacked his brother Mr Zwelithini Hondo (53) for confronting him over gum poles that he had cut from his field.

I can confirm that we recorded an attempted murder case which occurred in Goba farming lands in Bulilima. Nkosilathi Nondo went to his cousin’s field Mr Zwelithini Hondo and cut down gum poles in the morning,” confirmed Chief Inspector Ndebele.

He added that “In the afternoon Mr Hondo saw the gum poles at his cousin’s homestead and knew that they belonged to him. Mr Hondo took a scotch cart and loaded the gum poles with an intention to take them to his homestead.”

Nondo saw him which resulted in an altercation. He armed himself with an axe and struck Mr Hondo with it on the forehead. He also struck him on the back with a knobkerrie. Mr Hondo sustained some injuries as a result of the attack and was taken to Plumtree District Hospital where he is in a stable condition while Nondo was arrested,” he said.

Chief Insp Ndebele urged members of the public to desist from engaging in violence when faced with disputes. He said people had to find amicable ways to resolve their differences of engage third parties.

Credit: Chronicle

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