Matabeleland South provincial administrator David Mpofu, who was involved in a road accident a fortnight ago, has died.
He was 57.
Mpofu’s eldest child, Bukhosi Mpofu, said his father died yesterday morning.
The senior government official was driving towards Bulawayo from his farm in Fort Rixon when his Isuzu twin cab truck burst a rear tyre and rolled several times before landing on its wheels.
Mpofu, the police said, was then taken to United Bulawayo Hospitals for treatment where he had been admitted in the intensive care unit until the time of his death.
“The doctors said the injuries were minor but he had an inflammation of the brain and his blood pressure was fluctuating to a point when the doctors could not contain it,” Bukhosi said.
“My father was in a coma since the accident until the time of his death.”
Bukhosi said Mpofu was likely to be buried on Saturday, “but funeral arrangements are yet to be made”.
“What is certain is that he will be buried here in Bulawayo,” he said.
Gwanda mayor Lionel DeNecker yesterday broke the news of Mpofu’s death on his Twitter page describing it as “sad news”.
Born on September 29, 1954 in Fort Rixon, Mpofu went to Mtshabezi Teachers’ College and taught at a number of schools that included Matshayiskhova in Luveve and Fusi before joining the liberation struggle.
After independence, Mpofu taught at a number of schools before he was promoted to the rank of education officer, staffing officer and later regional director in charge of the Better Schools Programme.
He was appointed Matabeleland South provincial administrator in 2002.
Mpofu is survived by his wife, Nomzamo, eight children and three grandchildren.
Mourners are gathered at Number 23 Holland Road in Waterford, Bulawayo.