Police in Kwekwe, Midlands province are investigating a case in which a 37-year-old man was stabbed to death at Mbizo 2 (ME) shopping centre after a misunderstanding.
Gabriel Hlatini of Mbizo, Kwekwe was found dead after he was stabbed on the chest with a knife on Tuesday around 11pm.
It is alleged that the suspect Alban Thabani Ngwenya (24) approached the deceased Hlatini and exchanged words before stabbing him on the chest.
Provincial police spokesperson Inspector Joel Goko confirmed the incident.
“Police in Kwekwe are investigating a murder case which occurred at Mbizo 2 (ME) shopping centre, where the accused Ngwenya stabbed the deceased Hlatini with a knife on the chest after a misunderstanding”, said Insp Goko.
Insp Goko said police had intensified its fight against machete-wielding gangs and urged members of the public to report to the police anyone they see carrying dangerous weapons.
Last week, Officer commanding Kwekwe district, Chief Superintendent Conrad Mubaiwa issued a prohibition order against the weapons in terms of section 14 (1) of the Public Order and Security Act Chapter 11:17.
The prohibition order covers weapons such as catapults, machetes, axes, knobkerries, swords, knives, spears and daggers and is effective for the next three months.
Mubaiwa cited a surge in criminal activities by people wielding the weapons as the cause of the order.
“The reason for the prohibition order follows an upsurge in crimes such as murder, armed robbery, assaults, domestic violence, malicious damage to property and unlawful entry and theft in Kwekwe district,” he said.
The deceased’s body was taken to Kwekwe General Hospital mortuary on Wednesday morning.