Category: Deaths

Journalist Zororo Makamba succumbed to COVID-19 becoming the first COVID-19 death in Zimbabwe

On this day in 2020, Zimbabwean journalist Zororo Makamba succumbed to COVID_19 (Coronavirus disease) at the age of 30. Makamba was the second person to test positive for the virus and his death was the first case recorded in Zimbabwe.

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The attack on ZAPU freedom fighters by Rhodesian forces came to an end

On this day in 1978, the attack on ZAPU rebels by Rhodesian forces in Luangwa came to an end, resulting in the deaths of 42 ZAPU rebels ten Zambian military personnel and one Rhodesian government soldier.

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Chikurubi prisoners run riot in protest for poor food quality

On this day in 2015, Chikurubi prisoners protested against poor food quality. The protest resulted in the death of one prisoner while eleven others including prison guards sustained injuries. Chikurubi Maximum Prison is Zimbabwe’s largest correctional facility and it houses hundreds of prisoners.

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Journalist Zororo Makamba died

On this day in 2020, Zimbabwean journalist Zororo Makamba succumbed to COVID_19 (Coronavirus disease) at the age of 30. Makamba was the second person to test positive for the virus and his death was the first case recorded in Zimbabwe.

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ZIPRA and ANC rebels joined forces to fight the Rhodesian army

On this day in 1968, Zimababwe People’s Revolutionary Army (ZIPRA) and South Africa’s African National Army (ANC) rebels joined forces and fought the Rhodesian Army at Sipolilo (now Guruve) district in Rhodesia. The battle resulted in 86 deaths.

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Lawyer and politician Herbert Chitepo died

On this day in 1975, Herbert Wiltshire Pfumaindini Chitepo and one of his bodyguard Silas Shamiso died when a bomb placed on his car exploded in Lusaka, Zambia. His other bodyguard Sadat Kufamadzuba survived with injuries.

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Activist Gift Tandare shot dead in Harare

On this day in 2007, Gift Tandare a member and activist of the MDC party was shot dead by the Zimbabwe police at a rally in Harare.

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Susan Tsvangirai died in a road traffic accident

On this day in 2009, Morgan Tsvangirai together with his wife Susan Tsvangirai were involved in an accident. The accident took place on the Harare-Masvingo highway as they were on their way to Buhera. Susan died on the accident scene whereas Morgan survived with injuries.

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Former chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku died

On this day in 2017, former chief justice Godfrey Chidyausiku died at a hospital in South Africa. He died due to liver and kidney problems at the age of 70.

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Musician System Tazvida died

On this day in 1999, Zimbabwean musician Fanuel Nyasha Tazvida popularly known as System Tazvida died. He died at the age of thirty (30) and the cause of death was not revealed to the public.

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Afro-Jazz artist Prince Musarurwa died

On this day in 2020, Prince Kudakwashe Musarurwa succumbed to cancer at Chinhoyi hospital in Zimbabwe at the age of thirty-one (31). Musarurwa was a Zimbabwean artist who rose to prominence in 2011 when he recorded his first album.

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Rhodesian forces attack ZAPU rebels

The Rhodesian air-force attacked the Zimbabwe African People’s Union (ZAPU) in Zambia on this day in 1979. This clash ended on the 23rd resulting in the death of eighteen (18) individuals.

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MDC founding president Morgan Tsvangirai died

Zimbabwe’s longtime opposition party leader and former Prime Minister Richard Morgan Tsvangirai died on this day in 2018. Tsvangirai succumbed to colon cancer in Johannesburg. Tsvangirai was the president of the MDC-T party at the time of his death, which he co-founded as Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) in 1999.

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Adelaide Tambo dies

Adelaide Tambo nee Tshukudu died on this day in 2007. She was 77 when she passed on. Adelaide is considered an ANC, South African and African heroine as she was a prominent anti-apartheid activist in South Africa. She was buried in her home town of Wattvile next to her husband Oliver Tambo.

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Winifred Brunton dies

Winifred Mabel Brunton née Newberry, a South African painter and illustrator died on this day. She was popularly known for her Egyptian kings paintings. She lived in Johannesburg.

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