An attempt by Zvishavane teachers to supplement their income through illegal gold mining turned tragic after one of them met his death after falling headlong into a mineshaft.
Pesanai Chiresve (42) teacher at George Chipadze Secondary School died on October 29 when he had gone to search for gold at Hall 8 Mine at Dayataya area of Zvishavane.
Police spokesman, Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said Chiresve had abandoned classes at the nearby George Chipadze Secondary School in search of the precious mineral together with another teacher Tafadzwa Makasi and two other colleagues, Aneas Makaya and Celopas Gumbo, when he met his fate.
“Police are investigating a case in which one Mr Pesanai Chiresve who was a teacher at George Chipadze Secondary School in Zvishavane died after he lost control of a hoist he was using to lower a colleague at a mine where they were illegally panning for gold,” Nyathi told The Herald. “He lost footing and fell headlong into the mine tunnel.”
Asst-Comm Nyathi said police attended the scene and Chiresve’s body was retrieved and taken to Zvishavane District Hospital mortuary.
Chiresve was lowering Makasi, one of his colleagues, into a shaft using a manual hoist. While in the process, Chiresve lost control of the manual hoist causing Makasi who had not reached the bottom of the shaft to use his hands and legs to hang onto the shaft walls to avoid falling.
However, upon realising that he had lost control of the manual hoist, Chiresve tried to control its speed using his hands but was overpowered and fell headlong into the 16-metre shaft and died.
Makasi survived the accident and was taken to Zvishavane District Hospital after sustaining fractures.
Chiresve was buried at his home in Chivi on October 31.