A man in his 30s living at his flat in Belvedere had a colour television present wrapped inside a box delivered at his doorstep. It was fully boxed and upon opening it, the device exploded killing at the spot. The man who had Zambian ID documents had been having an affair with a woman often seen with Emmerson Mnangagwa(officially named on Friday for attacking another man, Godfrey Majonga).
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The woman, Tsitsi Marechera (maiden) Chiliza was killed at the spot after opening the box and the incident was published on the 12th May 1987. You can see it was reported by the Associated Press but the report has a lot of holes in it.
ZimEye, get to the bottom of it because that woman is in fact Damudzo Marechera’s sister, editor!
The incident has not been investigated ever since it happened May 1987. Editor, I was there not far from the incident when it happened, may that woman’s soul rest in peace.
Robert Mugabe was duped when he toured the site the following day. The CIO made it to appear like assassins from South Africa had done it, claiming the boyfriend is an ANC member. But the man was not even South African. He was fully Zambian.
HARARE, ZIMBABWE HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) _ Prime Minister Robert Mugabe on Tuesday blamed the white-led government of neighboring South Africa for a bomb blast that ripped through a Harare apartment building, killing a black woman.
Mugabe, who inspected the site of Monday night’s explosion, told reporters, ”Only South Africa could have planted a bomb. Given the law of probability you reach the conclusion that it is the (South Africa’s) apartheid regime.”
Mugabe, along with other black nationalist guerrillas, led the war in the white-ruled British colony of Rhodesia that led to independence on April 18, 1980, and the renaming of the nation to Zimbabwe.
Mugabe said he was unable to comment on reports that the victim, Tsitsi Chiliza, was married to a black South African who was a member of the African National Congress, a guerrilla movement battling the South African government. The ANC is outlawed in South Africa and has its headquarters in black-ruled Zambia.
Mrs. Chiliza’s mother, Valencia Marechera, said her daughter was a Zimbabwean and her husband a Zambian.
In Pretoria, South Africa, Foreign Minister R.F. Botha denied that his government had anything to do with the Harare bombing.
Earlier, the South African Defense Force said of Zimbabwe’s accusation: ”This was a typical reaction to the senseless and barbaric murder of four farmers in Zimbabwe over the weekend, and is no more than an absurd attempt to yet again try to use South Africa as a scapegoat for their (Zimbabwe’s) own deteriorating internal security situation.”
Four white farmers were killed by gunmen Saturday at a rural sports club in Zimbabwe’s midlands, and witnesses said the attack involved the removal of black squatters from white-owned farms.
In a separate development in South Africa Tuesday, a white army major pleaded guilty to a charge that he supplied secret military information to a foreign country. The trial of Maj. Andre Pienaar, 32, was closed to the public, but news reports following his arrest in December said he supplied classified material to one of the neigboring black-ruled states – Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Angola, Mozambique or Tanzania.
South Africa, by law and custom, establishes apartheid as a racially segregated society in which the 24 million blacks have no vote in national affairs. The 5 million whites control the economy and maintain separate districts, schools and health services.