Tragedy struck in the early hours of Sunday morning when an official who had travelled to Gwanda for the Youth Education through Sport games (YES) was involved in a fatal accident that claimed three lives.
Fanuel Banda (41), an official of one of the clubs from Lupane that was taking part in the YES games, died at United Bulawayo Hospitals where he was transferred from Gwanda, following the accident.
The other two who died have been identified as Themba Ncube (43) and Nkosana Maphosa (44).
Provincial police spokesperson for Matabeleland South Tafanana Dzirutwe confirmed the accident occurred on Saturday just before midnight on the 102km peg along the Bulawayo- Beitbridge Road.
“We had two parties involved in the accident, a green Nissan double cab which belongs to the first party and a TelOne pick-up truck being by Maphosa,” Dzirutwe said.
Dzirutwe said the TelOne truck encroached into the lane of the oncoming Nissan, leading to a head-on collision which led to the death of Ncube and Maphosa on the spot.
“The second party encroached into the lane of oncoming traffic and the vehicles collided, leading to the death of two people on the spot while the other died on admission at a Bulawayo hospital,” he said.
Matabeleland North Sports and Recreation Commission coordinator Permanent Sibanda, who was also in Gwanda said they were deeply saddened by the loss of Banda who was a great sport enthusiast in the region.
“We have been robbed of a sports enthusiast.
“We are deeply saddened by this death,” he said.
Sibanda said Banda was the brains behind the establishment of Jabula girls soccer team. The team took part in the just-ended YES games. Banda was employed as a nurse at Lubimbi clinic.
“He was the founder of the Jabula girls’ soccer team through the Community Sports Development Programme and he was also a sports volunteer,” he said.