$7k needed to fly Xaba back

HARARE - Over $7 000 is needed to repatriate the body of the late actress Pretty Xaba who succumbed to oesophageal cancer on Saturday in India, the ex-Studio 263 actress’ family has said.

Ruth Xaba, a family spokesperson, told the Daily News that the amount would be used to bring back the body of the late actress who died at the age of 49 at BLK Super Speciality Hospital in New Delhi and to settle hospital arrears.

“$7 000 will be enough to repatriate the body and settle outstanding hospital arrears. About $5 500 is needed to bring the body to Zimbabwe while the remainder will be used to settle hospital arrears and funeral parlour costs in India,” she said.

She added that the $18 000 donated by Prophet Walter Magaya for Pretty’s medication had been exhausted.

“The money donated by Prophet Walter Magaya only lasted a month because she was charged about $1 500 a day in hospital as she was on a life support system,” she said.

“We hope ordinary people and the corporate world will again come to our rescue like they have done before.”

According to Ruth, the veteran actress will be buried in Harare at a date to be advised.

“The burial arrangements will be announced as soon as the body arrives. All the funeral expenses here (Zimbabwe) will be covered by Nyaradzo Funeral Services since she had a fully paid up policy with them,” she said.

The late actress, who became the favourite of many playing the role of Mai Muwengwa in Zimbabwe’s first soapie Studio 263, went to India in October for surgery courtesy of money donated by Magaya and an air ticket availed by the Affirmative Action Group.

Prior to Magaya’s donation, a fundraising gig was held in Harare under the banner of Lets Save Pretty Xaba Campaign which generated $2 400.

Meanwhile, veteran writer Aaron Chiundura-Moyo, the man who crafted the Studio 263 script, has bemoaned the death of the talented actress.

“Xaba died at a time when preparations to re-launch Studio 263 were at an advanced stage. She was such a character and easy to work with. I first got to know her when she worked alongside King Dube at ZBC back in the day,” said Chiundura-Moyo.

“She was known for fighting injustice and oppression among artists. She was good both at radio and television and was fluent in the Ndebele and Shona languages.”

The late Xaba featured in productions such as Studio 263 where she played the role of Mai Muwengwa; I want A Dress, Coliwe, Xola, Everyone’s Child and Lobola. Xaba is survived by two children Runyararo and Hope.


Comments (5)

What a sad loss to the entertainment world. She was a marvel to watch on Studio 263.Rest in peace

263 Fan - 9 December 2014

Lets accept death or signs of it, this waste of money to India then what?, please Africans grow up. Entertainment business peddles the agenda of satan true fertile imagination, the holly/bolly/Bollywood stars are worshipped the world over taking the gloss of worship reserved for the lion of the tribe of Judah, Christ Jesus....bring her body back you fantasists......

Mgobho - 9 December 2014

Mgobho hausati wambo rwarirwa kana kufirwa. paucharwarirwa kana kufirwa wo ndopauchaziva kuti hautaure zvakadaro.

tsvangirayi - 9 December 2014

mwana wekubereka chakavona hama hachisekwi

mwana wekubereka, chakavona hama hachisekwi. - 11 December 2014

mwana wekubereka chakavona hama hachisekwi

mwana wekubereka, chakavona hama hachisekwi. - 11 December 2014

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