A 45-year-old Zimbabwean woman died of a suspected heart attack after she was detained in South Africa for not having proper immigration documents.
Chipo Mukandi, a domestic worker, died while she was being ferried to a hospital in Pretoria and her son, Clive Mandirahwe (22), told ZimLive that he believes his mother was anxious about being deported. Said Mandirahwe:
She did not have some papers but her passport was stamped. I think my mum got so shocked since it was her first time being arrested.
My father passed away a long time ago and now I’m left with my 11-year-old sister.
Mukandi’s brother Promotion Bhabhada revealed that she was pulled from a bus along with other foreigners on 27 November during a South African Police Service (SAPS) operation. He said:
They were taken to Cullinan police station and she was put in police cells. An ambulance was called in but unfortunately, she died before she even got to the hospital.
Police are not assisting us in any way, they just said post-mortem results is four to five weeks.
We have managed to raise money for funeral expenses and repatriation and we are now waiting for the papers to proceed.
Mukandi was buried at her rural home in Masvingo.