The Sunday News
Peter Matika, Senior Reporter
A GWANDA-BORN, South Africa-based Zimbabwean man is reported to have died early last week at a lodge in the neighbouring country, while having sex with his mistress.
The man identified as Mr Jottah Sibanda (67) is alleged to have lost power before he began having trouble breathing and died.
Media reports from South Africa noted that Mr Sibanda’s mistress wrapped herself in a towel and called for help, after he collapsed while they were having sex. Staff at the lodge are said to have called an ambulance as well as police to attend to the scene. Unfortunately Mr Sibanda was pronounced dead on the spot by paramedics.
The incident is reported to have occurred at the lodge, which is ironically situated just two streets away from his home in a farming suburb of Putfontein in Benoni, South Africa. His wife is reported to have been in Durban where she is employed.
“Police are investigating an inquest docket after the deceased died at a plot, where no foul play was suspected. Once the post-mortem results and other relevant statements have been obtained, the case will be forwarded to an inquest court for a decision,” Gauteng police spokesperson Mr Lungelo Dlamini is quoted saying.
Mr Sibanda is said to have been found lying on the floor by police, after security took them to the room.
“His partner tried to assist him but he couldn’t wake up. She called the security and the security called an ambulance; when the ambulance arrived they certified him dead.”
Tenants who reside in a row of back rooms on Sibanda’s property told a South African publication that his wife and family had left for Zimbabwe to bury him.
“. . . We understand that the funeral will be on Thursday in the village of Nswazi in Gwanda,” said one of the tenants.
Mr Sibanda is reported to have retired as a road maintenance manager in 2017 and had ventured into small-scale farming.
Mr Sibanda and the mistress are reported to have been seeing each other for a long time.
“They started dating while he was still staying here in our kasi many years ago,” a neighbour told the publication. —Additional reporting Sowetan.