A 42-year-old Zimbabwean woman who killed her husband in South Africa confessed to the crime because according to her, his ghost was haunting her and giving her sleepless nights.
Nancy Majonhi, who faces a charge of murder, appeared at the Mogwase Magistrate’s Court for a bail application on Thursday, September 9. However, her casewas postponed to 21 September.
The mother of two murdered her husband, Prosper Chipungare in 2015 in Ledig, near Rustenburg, Northwest. She then chopped up his body and threw the pieces in three pit toilets.
After dumping the body parts, she carefully cleaned up the crime scene and then went to the Sun City Police Station where she reported that her husband was missing and asked the police to help her search for him.
A missing person file was the opened. Although she asked the police, Majonhi did not wait to find out if he would be found. Instead she packed her bags and returned home to Zimbabwe.
Back in South Africa, the efforts of officers to locate Chipungare were unsuccessful and they ultimately closed the case.
In Zimbabwe, she told everyone that her 44-year-old husband had gone missing. However, in January 2021, she confessed to her family that she had killed him.
According to the suspect’s brother, Andrew, when his sister told the entire family what she did and how she could not sleep because her husband’s ghost was haunting her, they thought she was mad.
“She claimed that Chipungare was haunting her and that his ghost was giving her sleepless nights. She wanted people to know the truth. She wanted the family to know how she killed her husband,” said Andrew.
North West Police spokesperson, Brigadier Sabata Mokgwaabone said Majonhi told them that she had assaulted her husband with a hammer during an argument at their rented room in Ledig.
Majonhi further told them that as Chipungare lay on the floor, she took a shovel, cut him into pieces, then threw the parts into three pit toilets in the neighbourhood.