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Bulawayo journalist dies in accident

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BULAWAYO journalist and political activist Busani Ncube died in a car accident in the city centre yesterday afternoon.

Report by Pamela Mhlanga

Police confirmed that one person died on the spot at the corner of Basch Street and 11th Avenue.

According to eyewitnesses, the accident occurred around 1pm.

Ncube (33) was travelling with two other people — Nkululeko Sibanda, a fellow journalist and Ntombikayise Nkala — in a blue Mercedes-Benz on their way to an MDC rally at Stanley Square when their car was sideswiped by a Mazda 323.

When the Southern Eye crew arrived at the scene, there was a pool of blood and pieces of shattered glass all over the accident scene. A crowd of visibly shaken people, including MDC party supporters had gathered around the scene.

MDC parliamentary candidate for Magwegwe constituency, Sindiso Mazibisa, could not hold back his tears as he described the deceased as a friend who had been with him through thick and thin.

“I have been with Busani as a colleague and a friend and I simply cannot believe that he is gone,” he said.

Mazibisa said it was hard to accept the tragedy and he was still in a state of shock.
According to the owner of the Mazda vehicle, Wanai Mhaka, the deceased’s vehicle was speeding and skipped a red robot.

Bulawayo Provincial Police spokesperson Inspector Mandlenkosi Moyo confirmed the accident and said investigations were underway.

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