A woman from Ngoveni village under chief Tshovani in Chiredzi recently died from a crocodile attack while fishing.
The incident took place on Novermber 3, 3021 at around 1300 hours, when Gladys Tsunduka Muhlava (65) and other women went to Bodzwa stream for fishing.
Masvingo Provincial Spokesperson, Inspector Kudakwashe Dhewa confirmed the incident and encouraged members of the community not to fish in crocodile infested water bodies.
“We encourage members of the public to avoid fishing in crocodile infested water bodies as they might get attacked,” said Dhewa.
Sources said while they were fishing, other women went to a garden and left Muhlava at the stream fishing with Union Zemucha (age not given) using a mosquito net.
Whilst the two were fishing, the crocodile attacked Zemucha, biting her on the arm.
Zemucha remained calm and then told Muhlava that she had been bitten.
Muhlava then ran out to the riverbank where she picked up a log so that she could rescue her partner by hitting the crocodile that then jumped towards her, gripping her from the back before disappearing with her into the waters.
Zemucha who suffered multiple deep cuts on her right arm and palm then ran out of the water and told others what had transpired before going to Chiredzi District Hospital for medical attention.
On November 4, 2021, police visited the scene and found the body of the deceased floating and villagers recovered the corpse.
Muhlava’s body was found with the right arm amputated, her left shoulder bone crushed and deep wounds on the upper part of the body and at the back.