IN an horrific attack, mermaids have abducted and killed an 18-year-old boy who was swimming in the Nyankuni river somewhere in Zimbabwe. Continue reading:
In a incident that shocked Bulawayo residents, an 18-year-old was abducted by mermaids at Nyankuni River.
The bizarre incident occurred on Monday last week when Nqobizitha Ndlovu of Silwayi homestead succumbed to the mermaid “attack” at Nyankuni River. Myth dictates that if the family of the abducted cries he is killed. According to the stepfather of the deceased, Medium Silwayi Maphosa, said when they got the terrible news, his wife and other family members failed to hold themselves and cried which they suspect provoked the “queen of the waters”.
“When we heard of the news of the mysterious disappearance of Nqobizitha, some of the family members wept and we suspect that it angered the mermaid. Villagers went to the river to search for him and spent the whole day and night worshiping by the riverside in a bid to appease the spirits, but all the efforts were in vain. He was however, released the following morning; dead, smeared with mud all over his body and the villagers paddled to remove him,” he said.
Silwayi said the incident is the first of its kind in the river as far as he can remember. They used to hear such stories from Maccufer River which is claiming more than 11 people every season.
“This anomaly is the first of its kind in Nyankuni since I was born. Maccufer is the only river in the area that is associated with mermaids,” he added.
MaSithole, Nqobizitha’s mother who was in a shock and trying hard to admit that her son had passed on said she suspected foul play.
“It is hard to believe that he is no more. At least he should have shown me the sign, but if it is the will of God let it be it,” she said.
Circumstances leading to the alleged incident, is that Nqobizitha went to the river with his friend who is a neighbour to look for cattle. Upon arrival he decided to take a bath and mysteriously disappeared in the water.
Despite no one seeing the mermaid they stuck to their story even though there is a possibility of a case of drowning.