Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation news reporter Thulani Miga has died.
He was 31.
Miga and two others died on the spot from serious head injuries after the vehicle they were travelling in veered off the road and hit a tree.
Police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said Miga and a lady identified as Abina Museve were passengers in the vehicle that was being driven by Richard Nsingo.
The accident occured at the 42-kilometre peg along the Harare-Nyamapanda highway.
The trio were reportedly coming from a funeral in Musami.
“Nsingo Richard, a male adult aged 32 who was driving an Isuzu KB250 twin cab registration number ACM 7060 along the Nyamapanda Road towards Harare with two passengers lost control of his vehicle and it veered off the left side of the road and hit a tree,” said Snr Asst Comm Charamba.
“The vehicle overturned and landed on its roof and as a result Miga, Museve (36) and Nsingo all sustained head injuries and died on the spot.”
Snr Asst Comm Charamba said Murehwa Traffic Police attended the scene and discovered that the trio was trapped and called Harare Fire Brigade who retrieved the bodies.
She said the bodies were taken to Murehwa Hospital Mortuary for post mortem.
Snr Asst Comm Charamba warned drivers against speeding.
“It’s unfortunate that Thulani has been covering some of the road traffic accidents,” she said. “May his soul rest in peace.”
Miga’s father Bheki said they were robbed of a leader who united the family.
“He was soft spoken and I’ve never heard him shout at anyone,” he said. “He was a person who united the family.”
Zimbabwe Union of Journalists president Michael Chideme said the journalism fraternity was robbed of a cadre who was dedicated to the profession.
“Characters like Miga are rare and usually come in small numbers,” he said. “He was among a few journalists who still pursued the development story. He didn’t only tackle development stories, but proffered solutions.
“He also stood for his professional rights without fear or favour. He’ll be greatly missed.”