October 10 2017 – BARELY a month after a Zimbabwean killed a fellow compatriot and injured several others in Joburg, another Zimbabwean has been killed by in SA, after a disgruntled
countryman and subordinate poured sulphuric acid on him.
Ndumiso Luphahla (32), who was a manager at Ocean Basket succumbed to the injuries on Monday last week a few days after being admitted to Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Johannesburg following the horrific attack, allegedly at the hands of compatriot Maxwell Moyo.
According to Ndumiso’s family, Moyo, who is now on the run, had a dispute with the deceased whom he accused of influencing their boss to fire him following a disciplinary hearing.
It is alleged that Moyo, a waiter, was fired by the management together with five others for misconduct.
Moyo was angered by his dismissal and he allegedly later returned to his former workplace with an unknown accomplice and confronted Ndumiso before pouring the acid on his face.
“When he came to his former workplace, Moyo was carrying a bottle of acid and he confronted Ndumiso and started accusing him of influencing his boss to fire him.
“During the dispute, Moyo poured the chemical on Ndumiso while other employees watched helplessly,” says the deceased’s uncle Freddie Luphahla.
Ndumiso allegedly caught Moyo together with his colleagues stealing beer and money.
He told the restaurant owner and a disciplinary hearing was held resulting in the six men being fired.
Ndumiso who was buried yesterday (Sunday) at Luveve Cemetery in Bulawayo, is survived by his wife and two kids, aged seven and 10.
“TheSouth African police say that the suspect is still on the run and we suspect he could have skipped the country,” says Luphahla (Freddie).
Ndumiso’s brother, Arnold said when they took the deceased to hospital he had difficulty in breathing. He was hospitalised for 10 days under intensive care. –Chronicle