Woman dies sav­ing drown­ing daugh­ter

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Wal­ter Mswazie Masvingo Cor­re­spon­dent

A MASVINGO woman and her five year-old daugh­ter drowned in Mad­zore Dam after the woman jumped in to res­cue the girl who had slipped into the wa­ter.

Act­ing Masvingo po­lice spokesper­son As­sis­tant In­spec­tor Ku­dak­washe De­hwa said the in­ci­dent oc­curred on Thurs­day last week at around 2PM.

He iden­ti­fied the de­ceased as An­si­caria Mazhindu (49) and Trust Muza (5) of Mukosi Re­set­tle­ment area un­der Chief Shumba.

Po­lice said post-mortem was waived as no foul play was sus­pected.

He said Mazhindu was do­ing laun­dry in Mad­zore Dam while the girl was play­ing with their three-year-old nephew, when tragedy struck.

“We have re­ceived a re­port of sud­den death by drown­ing in­volv­ing a woman and her daugh­ter. The woman drowned while try­ing to res­cue her daugh­ter who had slipped into the wa­ter lead­ing to a dou­ble tragedy,’’ said Asst Insp De­hwa.

He said when Mazhindu re­alised that her daugh­ter was drown­ing she jumped into the dam and tried to res­cue the tot.

Asst Insp De­hwa said Mazhindu’s nephew rushed home to call for help.

“The three-year-old nephew rushed home and called the late woman’s hus­band Mr Map­faka Muza (60) who teamed up with other vil­lagers and man­aged to re­trieve the two bodies from the dam,” he said.

“We ad­vise mem­bers of the pub­lic against do­ing laun­dry in­side wa­ter bodies as this is dis­as­trous to both adults and chil­dren. They should use con­tain­ers to draw wa­ter and do their wash­ing some dis­tance away to avoid such mishaps.” - @wal­terbm­swazie2

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