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High school Maths teacher dies panning for gold

A Mathematics teacher from Zvishavane, who had absconded work to go and conduct illegal mining, died after he fell headlong into a 15-metre deep mine shaft while lowering his colleague with a rope.

The incident occurred last Wednesday when Pesanai Chiresve (42), of Izaya Park in Zvishavane who is a teacher at George Chipadza Secondary School in the asbestos mining town fell headlong into the mine shaft while conducting illegal gold mining at Hall 8 Mine.

National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the incident saying police in Zvishavane attended the scene and Chiresve’s body, was taken to Zvishavane District Hospital mortuary awaiting post-mortem.

Sources at the mine said on the day, Chiresve was mining with friends Enias Makaya (51) of Izaya Park, Tafadzwa Makasi (21) of Dadaya and Cleopas Gumbochuma (49) of Hillview, Zvishavane.

The source said when Chiresve was lowering Makasi into the mine shaft, which is about 15 metres deep, using a manual hoist, he lost control of the hoist leading to him falling headlong into the shaft. He died instantly.

According to the source, Makasi who was already in the shaft came out and informed the others who reported the matter to the police. ■

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