A man collapsed and died while giving a graveside eulogy in the Ziboza communal lands in Zvishavane last week.
Muchakachaka Dube was given the floor to speak during the burial of his friend, Obert Msipa, brother of former Midlands Provincial Governor and National Hero, Cephas Msipa, but soon collapsed and died.
The tragic incident was confirmed by the late Msipa’s son, Douglas Msipa, who was the master of ceremonies during the burial. He said:
I was the master of ceremonies at the funeral of my father’s brother, Cde Obert Msipa when I made a line-up of people who would give speeches at the funeral wake.
Initially, I had omitted Mr Dube but we later realised he was a close friend to the late so we decided to give him a slot.
Msipa said at first everyone thought emotions had got the better of Dube and some mourners picked him up hoping he would be okay. He added:
There were two nurses who were also attending the funeral who moved in to try to render first aid but it could not help, everyone was dumfounded to learn he had died just like that.
Mr Dube’s body was taken to the hospital and we are waiting for the results of the post-mortem so that we know the actual cause of the death.
It could be shocking but what is surprising is that he had spent the previous night at the funeral wake looking okay.