Soccer legend Peter Ndlovu, who survived a horrific car accident at the weekend that killed his brother Adam, will attend the burial of the former prolific national soccer team striker on Saturday in Bulawayo.
Report by Sukoluhle Mthethwa/Nduduzo Tshuma
Adam died on Sunday morning when the BMW X5 driven by Peter veered off the road before hitting three trees near Victoria Falls.
Another passenger Nomqhele Tshili of Bulawayo also died on the spot.
Spokesperson for the Ndlovu family, Madinda, told NewsDay yesterday afternoon that Peter was out of danger after tests to establish the extent of his head injuries revealed that they were not life threatening.
Madinda said the family had also informed Peter about the death of his brother three days after the accident.
“We were dealing with the situation on how best he could be told as doctors were monitoring how he would take it,” he said.
“He was told by a psychologist with doctors, I, Marko (another brother) and chapel personnel present today (yesterday).
“It is sad, but someone had to tell him. He will be monitored closely to see how he has taken it and how he reacts to it.
“Peter is stable. He is at Mater-Dei Hospital where he underwent X-ray and a scan yesterday (Monday).
“The results were pleasing for us as a family because he is out of danger.He has broken ribs, it’s not severe and his lungs are OK. His spine is OK.He did not sustain serious head injuries. He has fractures on both legs, but they are not serious and they will not hinder him from walking properly.”
“He would need to be operated on soon, but he will be walking again as soon as possible,” Madinda said.
“He is going to attend the funeral but on a wheelchair.We were not restricting people from seeing him, but we were managing the influx of people for him to undergo treatment and respond until he is stable enough to face the world.”
He hinted that they could allow those who wish to pay Peter a visit in hospital to do so soon.
Madinda dismissed speculation that Peter could be transferred to South Africa for treatment.
“It is disturbing because we will be doubting ourselves as a country and I do not think it is an option to go to England or South Africa,” he added.
“If there is anything of that nature then the doctors will tell us. If it is life threatening then it can be done.”
Meanwhile, Madinda said Adam will be buried on Saturday, but a decision was yet to be made on the cemetery.
“There are many stakeholders involved and they would be meeting to discuss,” he said.
He said their sisters were expected to be in Bulawayo by yesterday from Harare where they arrived from abroad.
He also said Adam’s children were expected to be in the country before the burial but would not get into detail.
Zanu PF Bulawayo province yesterday sent recommendations to the party’s politburo that Adam should be accorded hero status.
Contrary to claims by politburo member Sikhanyiso Ndlovu in the State media that the party had already sent recommendations on Monday, the request was sent yesterday afternoon along with that for National Consultative Assembly member and father of former provincial chairperson Isaac Dakamela, Mncwele who passed away on Monday.