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by Andile Tshuma 13/03/19

A FOUR-YEAR-OLD with hearing impairment girl from Bulawayo died after her mother allegedly fed her a herbal concoction to help her gain speech. The father of the girl, Mr Mbuso Ncube, reported his wife to the police leading to her arrest and that of the traditional healer who supplied the medicine. His wife, Mrs Lindiwe Ncube of Mzilikazi suburb allegedly got the traditional medicine from a woman from Makokoba suburb, Ms Senzeni Jiyane (59), popularly known as Gogo Majiyane, who specializes in children’s illnesses. The toddler complained of severe stomach pains after taking the medicine on Friday, she was rushed to Mpilo Central Hospital where she passed away a few hours after admission. Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube confirmed the incident and said a murder investigation had since been opened. Inspector Ncube urged the public to desist from giving children unknown concoctions. Sources said Mr Ncube reported his wife to the police after she allegedly failed to give a satisfactory answer about the child’s illness.  Mrs Ncube implicated Gogo Majiyane in the matter. The parents of the child are alleged not on talking terms following the death of the child. Sources said the deceased was born dumb and her mother had procured the concoction to help loosen her tongue so that she could gain speech. Following the death of the child, Mr Ncube and his wife have been estranged.