The accused, who is believed to be 15 years old (name withheld), of Chiyangwa Village in Mackechere area in Sanyati, is said to have been stealing and hiding the panties in his room as well as in an anthill.
Sources from the village revealed that women from the whole village have been strangely losing their panties until he was busted on Tuesday last week. The boy would allegedly sneak into women’s bedrooms and take panties and petticoats and his use for them still remains a mystery in the Sanyati community.
The kraal head, Sabhuku Chiyangwa, confirmed the incident.
“It came as a mystery to everyone in the village. He would go around picking ladies underwear and at times breaking into their homes to steal the undergarments,” he said.
Villagers believe juju could be at play and that the teenager could just be a smokescreen after panties that were stashed in an anthill were found with some charms.
“We have realised that this boy is not doing this alone. Some panties had juju on them,” added the village head.
The teenager’s reign came to a half on Tuesday after he was reportedly caught wearing his sister-in-law’s underwear. Reports are that he led the village to his home where an assortment of female panties were also found in an anthill.
The teenager has reportedly been surrendered into the hands of the police.
“We have reported the matter to the police and they are the ones who are carrying out investigations. We will also refer the matter to the chief so that it will be dealt with traditionally,” he said.
The teenage boy blives with his mother, who could not be reached for comment.