THE family of the deceased veteran actress Pretty Xaba, who died on Saturday afternoon at the BLK Super Specialty Hospital in New Dehli, India, where she was being treated for esophagus cancer, said they required $6 000 for the repatriation of her body to Zimbabwe for burial.
Family spokesperson Ruth Xaba told NewsDay mourners were gathered at the family home in Eastlea, Harare.
“We are in need of about $6 000 to bring Pretty’s body home. As for today (yesterday) we have been running around so that we can raise the money. We have about $2 000 and hopefully by tomorrow (today), we would get something to add and pay the money,” Ruth said.
“If we had managed to get part of the money, about $4 000, we could have sent it today, (yesterday), but we failed and hopefully if everything goes well tomorrow (today) we will be able to send the money.”
Ruth said burial arrangements will be announced after consultations and the family was still awaiting the arrival of her brother who is based in the Democratic Republic of Congo before a decision could be reached.
Social networks were yesterday still abuzz with condolence messages with artistes paying their final respects to the popular actress.
Famed for her role as Mai Muvengwa in the popular soap Studio 263, Xaba has taken part in a number of plays and films among them Wedding Dress and Something Nice from London as well as several radio dramas.
She has also featured in advertisements for prominent organisations.