THE late retired Supreme Court judge Justice Wilson Sandura was a larger-than-life character who looked after his family with humility, his wife Caroline has said.
BY SILENCE CHARUMBIRA
Sandura, who died in Harare on Wednesday after succumbing to injuries sustained when he was involved in a car accident in Mt Darwin two weeks ago, will be buried this afternoon at Gora Village, Madziwa in Mashonaland Central.
Caroline was speaking at a church service held at Nyaradzo Funeral Assurance in Willowvale where family and friends gathered to pay their last respects.
She said her husband was a family man who remained loving despite all that he had achieved in life.
“When he left that morning of his accident he was going to make provisions and other ancillary facilities for his family in the rural areas and these were made routinely every month,” she said.
“The children and I have lost a hero, a mentor and a father.”
Caroline dismissed speculation of foul play in the death of her husband.
She said he failed to negotiate a curve and his car rolled thrice before he was rescued by well-wishers.
“There are clear marks for about 50 metres made by the car before it got into an embankment and rolled thrice,” she said.
Supreme Court judge Justice Rita Makarau also spoke glowingly of the late Sandura.
“They say every good judgment lives forever. Justice Sandura will live through those judgments that he made,” Makarau said.
Harare lawyer Chris Mhike said Sandura’s death was a sad loss to the legal profession.
“The high standards for the judiciary set by Justice Sandura are rare, but achievable. We can only encourage the judicial officers who currently sit at the Magistrates’ Courts all the way up to the Constitutional Court, to emulate the late Justice’s outstanding record. He will be sadly missed,” Mhike said.
The MDC Renewal Team said the late Sandura left an indelible mark on Zimbabwe’s judiciary map.
“During his illustrious career, Justice Sandura proved to be a fearless judge who did not pander to the whims of politicians. Many will remember with great national pride how he handled the famous Sandura Commission in 1989, which exposed how several Zanu PF ministers and senior government officials had corruptly enriched themselves from the Willowvale Mazda Motor Industry,” ,” said the party in a statement.
Sandura leaves behind his wife Caroline and three children, namely Tendai ( 32), Farai ( 27) and Shingirai (23).