A mysterious fire has gutted household property in Mkoba 12, Gweru after an attempt to smoke out a cape file snake known as ‘ndara’ in Shona.

Narrating her ordeal, distraught Teckler Totamu said she saw the cape file snake slithering in her yard as she swept outside in the morning.

When neighbours and her husband came to her rescue the serpent had bolted into a nearby banana plant prompting people to set the plant on fire in the hope of smoking out the serpent.

However while they were still trying to find the snake a thick smoke was noticed coming out of one of the rooms.

Baffled by the unfolding events, people abandoned the search for the snake and rushed to the house in a bid to stop the blaze from spreading to other rooms.

Speaking to ZBC News, Ms Totamu who was still in a state of shock narrated how the drama unfolded.

Midlands fire sub officer responsible for operations Mr Ephraim Manzera said so far they have failed to ascertain the cause of the fire.

The fire destroyed a wardrobe, clothes, academic certificates and identification particulars.

Zimbabweans bodies brought to surface from a disused mine in Johannesburg


Bodies after being retrieved from a disused mine

By Gracian Sibanda

JOHANNESBURG-Two bodies have been brought to surface from a disused mine at Langlaagte in Johannesburg this evening.The accident happened on Tuesday after the gas spilled whilst the miners were underground.For the past week rescue operations were underway but the authorities called it off leaving the zamazamas with no option but carry the operations to remove the bodies of their fellows.
The bodies were brought to surface without the help from the authorities,not even the Zimbabwean embassy.
Talking to the journalist this evening the chairman of the Zimbabwean Community in South Africa Mr Nqabuto Mabena slammed the Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane for coming to the accident site to address the media.
All Zimbabweans who were in the mine on Tuesday have been accounted for and are on the surface.

Soul Brothers’ Moses Ngwenya escaped death after hijacking at same spot where Lucky Dube was killed

Moses Ngwenya of soul Brothers survived a hijacking. Photo by: Thabo Monama

LEGENDARY mbaqanga musician Moses Ngwenya escaped death last week.

This after the Soul Brothers member was hijacked and shot at his new home in Rosettenville, south of Joburg last Friday.

The mbaqanga musician was shot in Lang Street, the same street where the late music legend Lucky Dube got shot.

Speaking to Sunday Sun,Moses, also known as “BlackMoses”, said: “I’m still shocked by the whole thing, especially that I almost died close to where my friend Lucky Dube was killed.

“I was shot in my right hand. Luckily I survived.”

Moses continued: “God is great, he protected me from the hijackers. Most of the time people don’t survive such incidents.”

The three robbers shot at him twice and managed to drive away in his black Audi A4.

Black Moses told Sunday Sun the evil thugs also stole a computer worth R15 000, an iPad worth R17 000 and twocellphones worth R10 000.

Moses has another house in Observatory in Joburg.

He said his fans should not worry much as their keyboard specialist will be back in a few weeks’ time.

Recently, Black Moses formed The Soul Connections, which remixes old mbaqanga songs.

He’s been in the music industry for the past four decades.

The mbaqanga singer has released many albums together with his group Soul Brothers and has helped many other groups record their music.

Constable Rebecca Bila of the Moffat view cop shop in Joburg said a case of car hijacking was opened last Friday

BREAKING NEWS:Accident kills 25 in Harare-Nyamapanda highway

Festive death toll continue to rise

74 people have been killed during this festive season up from 64 people killed during the same period last year.
This year continues to top in the number of people killed in road accidents.
An analysis of the road accidents by the ZBC News indicates that most people are killed on Christmas Eve as many will be travelling to various destinations to enjoy the holidays with their loved ones.


This year 17 people died on the 24th of December while 9 people were killed last year.
According to police statistics, fewer accidents occur on Christmas Day and this year 10 people died up from 8 people last year.
The police statistics also indicate that most roads linking to Beitbridge Border Post record the highest numbers of people killed.
Masvingo province recorded the highest number with 15 people killed in road accidents whilst Matabeleland South province which also has a road linking to South Africa recorded 11 deaths.
Manicaland province which has a road which links to Forbes Border Post recorded 9 deaths.
Harare province which is the capital recorded 10 deaths.
Mashonaland East province which has roads linking to Forbes Border Post and Nyamapanda Border Post recorded 10 deaths.
Mashonaland West and Matabeleland North recorded 5 each while Mashonaland Central has managed to contain road carnage and has recorded one death.
Human error has been agreed to be the major cause of road accidents while fatigue on the part of drivers due to long distances cannot be over ruled.

Zupco accident,13 dead,18 hospitalised

Thirteen people died, while 18 others were seriously injured in a road traffic accident that occurred last night along the Harare-Nyamapanda highway, neartheShamva turn off toll gate.Police spokesperson, Chief Superintendent PaulNyathi said ten people died on the spot, while three others died on admission atParirenyatwa Hospital.The accident which occurred at around 11:47pm, involved a cross border Zupco bus coming from Malawi and a Mujawo Transport inter-truck that was going in the opposite direction.

Chief Supt Nyathi said the truck driver, Wonderful Nyamurambe (42) told police that as he was approaching a bridge, he saw some clothes dumped in the middle of the road and stopped the truck suspecting there were people sleeping on the road.

Nyamurambe said as he was reversing, the Zupco bus which was coming from the opposite direction with 43 passengers on board side-swiped the truck.

The bus veered off the road and plunged into the river landing by the left side and in the process killing ten people on the spot.

Police appealed to drivers especially those travelling at night to be observant and avoid speeding to safeguard lives.



Gweru accident claims 7

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SEVEN members of the same family died in an accident on Friday night when a Toyota Granvia they were travelling in collided head-on with a haulage truck at the 14km peg along the Gweru-Bulawayo highway. Police national spokesperson, Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi, confirmed the accident which occurred at around 10.30pm when a Toyota Granvia collided with a haulage truck at Tree Top Shopping Centre on the outskirts of Gweru, killing seven members of the same family on the spot. Two of them were children.
Chief Supt Nyathi said the Shurugwi-bound Toyota Granvia had seven people on board when the accident occurred.

“I can confirm that seven people died in an accident yesterday along Gweru-Bulawayo road when the vehicle they were travelling in collided head-on with a haulage truck which was travelling towards Bulawayo.

“The driver of the Toyota Granvia, which was going towards Gweru, is said to have stopped and parked on the right side of the road and on trying to get back into the road, the vehicle was suddenly hit by a haulage truck. All the seven people aboard the Granvia died on the spot,” he said.

Chief Supt Nyathi said the bodies of the deceased were taken to Gweru Provincial Hospital mortuary awaiting postmortem.
He said the names of the deceased would be announced once their next of kin were informed.

When Sunday News got to the scene, the haulage truck driver, Mr Misheck Mukono, was still assisting police with investigations and the wreckage was still to be removed.

Police had to search for the head of one of the accident victims after it was severed as a result of the accident.
Mr Mukono said the driver of the Toyota Granvia swerved to the right side and the vehicle veered off the road before swerving back into the road encroaching into the right lane resulting in the collision.

“On approaching the 14-km peg, the driver of the Toyota must have lost control of the vehicle which then swerved to the right side and veered off the road.

“However, the driver did not stop and tried to swerve the vehicle back into the road encroaching into my lane resulting in the collision. I tried to avoid him but he totally lost control of the vehicle. The car was then dragged off the road by the truck. All the seven people died on the spot,” he said.