ZANU PF has reportedly snubbed the injured wife of national hero Edward Ndlovu, Mary, who was hospitalised after a Pathfinder luxury coach she was travelling in was involved in a head-on collision with a haulage truck three weeks ago.
Responding to e-mails from Southern Eye, Ndlovu’s daughter Gugu said they were only contacted by former Zipra intelligence supremo Dumiso Dabengwa and former Education minister David Coltart.
“Thus far from a political standpoint, Coltart, an old family friend and my father’s former lawyer, has been extremely supportive and Dabengwa, also an old family friend, visited us,” Gugu said.
Zanu PF national chairperson Simon Khaya Moyo told Southern Eye that he was not aware that Ndlovu had been involved in an accident.
“I am not aware of that,” Khaya Moyo said.
When asked what happens when wives of national heroes are faced with such a predicament, Khaya Moyo said: “Please I do not want to get into speculation. I said I am not aware.”
Zanu PF politburo member Sikhanyiso Ndlovu also said he was not aware that she had been involved in an accident.
“We did not know about that. The person we heard about from that accident was Peter Dube, the Highlanders Football Club chairman,” Ndlovu said.
He said wives of national heroes get allowances, but was not aware what happens when they are involved in tragedies like the one that befell her.
Ndlovu, however, said issues of national heroes were dealt with by the Office of the President and Cabinet.
Meanwhile, Ndlovu was on Wednesday morning moved from the intensive care unit (ICU) of Milpark Hospital in Auckland Park, Johannesburg, SA.
Gugu said her mother was expected to be released from hospital by the end of January.
“My mom is doing much better and was transferred out of the ICU to a rehabilitation ward on Wednesday morning,” Gugu said.
“She is in good spirits and is making remarkable progress every day. I am hoping she will be back home before the end of January.”
Four people died on the spot when the Pathfinder coach hit a cow that had strayed onto the road. The driver lost control resulting in a head-on collision with the truck. Ndlovu was sitting on the upper deck of the bus and was thrown off the bus on impact.
She was rushed to the private hospital for extensive surgery a day after the accident.