ZANU-PF Matabeleland South Women’s League vice chairlady Evelyn Mpofu has died.
The late Cde Mpofu collapsed on Friday evening near her home in Esigodini.
She held various positions within the youth structure from provincial to national level before being elected vice chairlady.
Matabeleland South Women’s League chairlady, Cde Sindisiwe Nleya said Cde Mpofu’s death is a huge blow to the league and party.
“I learnt with shock about the passing of Cde Evelyn Mpofu. She was a very dedicated member of the party and she served the league well. She received training under the national youth service which is a clear indication of her patriotism and dedication. She also held various posts under the youth structure,” she said.
Mourners are gathered at her home in Esigodini.
Her death comes a few days after Zanu PF party Matobo district chairman Obert Moyo’s death.
Moyo died after his vehicle was involved in a head-on collision along the Matobo-Bulawayo road.
Moyo was coming back from a ceremony to install the new Matobo chief Masuku.
An eye witness, Artwell Sibanda said: “I was travelling with chief Nyangazonke of Kezi when we witnessed the tragic accident. Moyo’s Mazda vehicle crashed into a Ford Ranger and he died on the spot.”
Sibanda who is also a spokesperson for the United Movement for Devolution said the matter was reported to Matobo police.
“The police did not have equipment required to save the motorists and they had to phone the Bulawayo Fire Brigade,” he said.
Bulawayo City Council (BCC) acting chief fire officer Lyons Phiri said: “On arrival, we found two vehicles which were involved in a head-on collision, a Mazda Proceed vehicle and a Ford Ranger. Four persons were not trapped, but they were severely injured.”
Phiri identified the four injured as Melusi Ndlovu, who suffered severe head injuries, Shepherd Ndlovu, Sandisiwe Moyo and Mhlengi Khumalo who all sustained severe bruises.
He said the suspected cause of the accident was failure to observe traffic regulations.
Efforts to get comments from Zanu-PF provincial chairperson for Matabeleland South province, Mangaliso Nqobizitha Ndlovu were fruitless after he said he was at the National Heroes Acre in Harare.
— Sunday News/NewsDay