A TSHOLOTSHO man, Even Moyo, cheated death last Sunday after he was attacked by a crocodile while fishing with a friend at DRC Dam in Kamativi.
By Ruth Ngwenya
Kamativi councillor, Joshua Tshuma confirmed the incident yesterday, saying Moyo was receiving treatment at Mpilo Central Hospital in Bulawayo.
“Moyo was fishing so he could sell and raise money for transport back to Tsholotsho. It is unfortunate that he ended up being attacked because he is one of the many people who survive by selling fish, they catch from the three dams in Kamativi, mainly DRC Dam,” he said.
Tshuma said Moyo’s unidentified friend rescued him from the reptile and rushed him to a local Catholic priest, who in turn drove him to Kamativi District Hospital. He was later referred to St Patrick’s Mission Hospital in Hwange before being transferred to Mpilo Central Hospital due to the gravity of the injuries.
Tshuma said Moyo was the first victim of a crocodile attack in six years in the area.
Most Kamativi residents are unemployed and sustain their families through selling fish to locals.
Some of the people in the area are former employees of the tin mine, who were left jobless after the mine’s closure.
The Kamativi mine, owned by the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation, was shut down in 1994 after tin prices plummeted on the international market.
The police could not be reached for comment on the incident.