A FUMING village head leapt to his feet during a traditional court and assaulted a villager with fists after they exchanged harsh words.
According to a villager who requested to speak on condition of anonymity, tempers flared when Tayisi Ncube and village head of Jeqe Village, Ward 24 in Matopo, Simon Zulu, exchanged harsh words.
The villager said it happened so fast that the enraged Zulu charged at his subject while pointing a finger at him.
“We could sense danger on how they exchanged harsh words at each other. The village head stood up and pointed a finger at Ncube while accusing him of disrespecting him and influencing other villagers to disrespect him,” said the villager.
The villager added: “The village head then went flying with fists at Ncube. Zulu was too powerful for him as he rained the fists too fast for him and he fell and bled.”
It took the intervention of one of the brave villagers who restrained the marauding Zulu.
“Zulu wanted to teach him a thorough lesson as he continued beating him while he was bleeding from the mouth and nose. But thanks to the villager who stopped him from further assaulting him,” said the source.
Contacted for a comment Ncube said: “I wanted to put my point across but he got furious and assaulted me with fists. I tried to flee as I did not retaliate because I respected him as he holds an influential position in the community and is our traditional leader.”
The source further revealed that the temperamental Zulu was known for beating up his subjects during traditional court meetings.
“He is known for beating villagers who object to his views. Last year he beat a villager and just recently he beat another villager. Most of the villagers are afraid of him,” said the source.
Efforts to get a comment from Zulu were fruitless as his mobile phone rang continuously.
The matter was reported to the police and local leadership.
Meanwhile, Zulu this week appeared at the Plumtree magistrates’ court for initial remand on an assault charge following the traditional court brawl.