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AN EIGHT-month preg­nant Zim­bab­wean woman was found dead in South Africa fol­low­ing mas­sive flash floods which killed seven peo­ple and dis­placed hun­dreds in the neigh­bour­ing coun­try last week.

Caroline Sithole (34) of Mzi­likazi sub­urb in Bu­l­awayo, who worked as a florist in Jo­han­nes­burg, was found dead in Eastleigh stream in South Africa’s com­mer­cial cap­i­tal on Satur­day.

Her body was found a day af­ter the dis­cov­ery of her car, some kilo­me­tres away.

Sithole’s rel­a­tives are still to agree on her burial place be­tween Zim­babwe and South Africa.

Speak­ing from South Africa yes­ter­day, her un­cle, Mr Mun­yaradzi Chig­uri, said Sithole went miss­ing on Tues­day evening fol­low­ing flash floods that hit Jo­han­nes­burg.

“Her room­mate, Re­filwe, phoned to no­tify me that Sithole had called her say­ing she was stuck in town be­cause of the floods and that was the last she had heard from her. Sithole was on her way home from work and was sup­posed to pass through pick­ing up Re­filwe’s son from his school. Af­ter she called her say­ing she was stuck in the floods, her phone went off,” he said.

Mr Chig­uri said po­lice phoned on Fri­day to in­form him that the wreck­age of her car had been found. The next day they told him about the dis­cov­ery of her body.

“I phoned home and in­formed Caroline’s mother who was in Chiredzi to im­me­di­ately come to South Africa so that we search for her. On Satur­day morn­ing, I got an­other call from the po­lice in­form­ing me that her body had been found on an em­bank­ment of Eastleigh stream,” he said.

When The Chron­i­cle vis­ited the late Sithole’s grand­mother, Ms Farai Khu­malo (70) at her res­i­dence in Mzi­likazi yes­ter­day, she said burial ar­range­ments were still un­der­way.

“I raised the girl from birth to the time she left for South Africa about 15 years ago, and be­cause of that, I de­mand that she be buried here in Mzi­likazi where she grew up.

“Her fa­ther who re­sides in South Africa wants her buried there but we are still dis­cussing that she must be buried here,” she said.

Sithole’s child­hood friend said the com­mu­nity was in shock.

“I last saw Caroline last year when I vis­ited her in South Africa and I’m heart­bro­ken that she has died in such a painful way.

“I rarely watch TV and I was told by neigh­bours that my friend was dead. I checked on so­cial me­dia and in­deed learnt that she was dead. It’s un­be­liev­able but it’s real and we’re wait­ing for her body so we lay her to rest,” said the friend who pre­ferred anonymity. —@ win­nie_­masara.

The late Caroline Sithole

Ms Farai Khu­malo

The wreck­age of the late Caroline Sithole’s car (left) and other cars trapped in the flash floods last week (top)

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