Emakhandeni residents in Bulawayo were left shocked after a maid allegedly put her employer’s three months old baby in a container and boiled it for a hour. This was in revenge to her employer’s failure to pay her salary on time. The alleged incident occurred on Wednesday last week.
It is understood that the maid, Nokuthula Nyathi, usually gets paid on the first day of every month but at the time of the alleged incident, the woman’s salary was overdue by two days. According to a source, Nyathi and her employer, karen Dube, have a long-standing dispute.
“I do not think that money was the reason for all this. Dube did not trust her because she has caught the maid stealing her belongings on several occasions. The employer tried to fire her but the maid resisted. So I think that might be the major reason behind the cruel deed,” said the source.
It is reported that on the day in question, Nyathi asked Dube to give her her salary. The employer said she did not have the money and promised to get it and the end of the week and left for work thereafter. Nyathi, however, appeared not to have believed her employer’s promise. She is alleged to have taken the three-month old baby and put it in a container and boiled the infant on a stove for close to an hour.
The maid then took her belongings and left. On her return in the evening, Dube found her baby still in the container and purportedly shocked by what was before her, she fell unconscious. The woman was discovered by a neighbour lying on the floor.
An ambulance was called to the scene while the body of the infant was taken to a mortuary. Nyathi ws nabbed a day after the incident and appeared before Western Commonage magistrate, Mr Richard Ramaboea facing murder charges. She was remanded in custody to 23 October.