In a disturbing development, a 22-year old man from Gwanda district in Matabeleland South Province is battling for dear life in hospital after he was stabbed several times on the chest and back for trying to intervene and stop a fight that had erupted at a kitchen top up party, police authorities have confirmed.

Matabeleland South provincial police spokesperson Inspector Loveness Mangena told the state media that a one Mthokozisi, aged 23, is now assisting authorities with investigations after he allegedly stabbed Allbright Molepo (22) at an illegal kitchen party held at Patane village on February 28 from around 7pm to 3am.

“The incident happened at around 3am and Molepo was ferried to Manama Hospital before he was transferred to Gwanda Provincial Hospital where he is in a critical condition,” Insp Mangena said.

According to eye-witnesses, Molepo had initially tried to stop a fight between Mthokozisi and his 20-year-old cousin Uluketsi Nare when he was attacked by the said accused person.

“There was a kitchen top up party at the village and it started at around 7pm and ended after the stabbing incident. Mthokozisi had a misunderstanding with Molepo’s cousin Uluketsi Nare and they started to fight. Molepo tried to stop Mthokozisi who got angry and stabbed him in the back and in the chest,” said the source.

The police also implored on members of the public to observe lockdown regulations and desist from holding unsanctioned parties that increase the vulnerability of citizens to the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

state media/Zwnews