Funeral services for Air Zimbabwe public relations executive, Mrs Shingai Dhliwayo (pictured), who was murdered in Botswana, were held yesterday in Harare and Norton.The first service, which was attended by friends, relatives and Air Zimbabwe board members, was held at Nyaradzo Funeral Parlour in Willowvale.
The body was later taken to the Salvation Army Church in Norton for another service.
Mrs Dhliwayo, whose body arrived in Harare on Thursday, will be buried in Norton at 1pm today.
The body, which arrived in Bulawayo on Wednesday from Botswana, was flown to Harare where it was taken to Nyaradzo Funeral Parlour.
This followed a post-mortem whose results indicated she was strangled.
A family spokesperson, Mr Charles Njovo, yesterday said after the service at the Salvation Army Church in Norton, the body will be taken to the family’s house in Norton where it will lie in state.
“There are no changes that have been made so far and burial will be tomorrow at 1pm at Norton Cemetery,” he said.
He said they will first conduct a church service at their home in Norton at around 9am.
Mourners are gathered at house number 16308 Katanga, Norton.
Mrs Dhilwayo is survived by her husband, Mr Totizirepi Dhliwayo, and three children.
Zimbabwe police and their Botswana counterparts are still carrying out investigations to establish who killed Mrs Dhliwayo.
Her body was found tied onto a tree with both hands and legs also tied with a rope in a sitting position. Her mouth was gagged with a cloth, and she was bleeding from the nose.
The body was found about 5km from Plumtree Border Post in a bushy area and it is suspected that she had been lured by unknown assailants to travel to Botswana in a bid to rob her.
It is suspected that there is a syndicate of criminals that is luring Zimbabwean businesspeople after promising them “lucrative deals” and then robbing them after crossing into Botswana.