Veteran actress Xaba's burial set for today

HARARE - Late actress Pretty Xaba, who succumbed to oesophageal cancer in India on December 6, will be buried in Musengezi today.

Pretty, who rose to national stardom as Mai Muwengwa in Zimbabwe’s first soapie Studio 263, passed away in New Dehli at the BLK Super Speciality Hospital where she was receiving treatment.

Ruth Xaba, the late actress’s sister-in-law, told the Daily News that Studio 263 favourite would be buried at her mother’s homestead at Farm 108 near Marirangwe School in Musengezi.

“Her body arrived last night (Thursday night) around 5-30 pm and due to the paperwork that had to be processed we left the airport around 7pm,” Ruth said yesterday.

“Yesterday we had many people from all over the country coming over to grieve with us as well as pay their last respects. They are welcome as to come to the burial as well.”

Ruth added that they hope to bury the veteran actress before 1pm.

“If all goes according to plan we expect to travel tomorrow (Saturday) and have her buried before lunch time. Right now I am still sorting out the papers; I am at Nyaradzo Funeral Home to finalise the travelling arrangements,” she said.

The late actress went to India in October for surgery after securing an $18 000 donation from Prophetic Healing Deliverance Ministries (PHD) leader Walter Magaya and an air ticket from the Affirmative Action Group.

Magaya’s donation came about after the Lets Save Pretty Xaba Campaign led by former Estate Blues actor Tavonga Mafundikwa had raised $2 400 after holding a concert at the Book Café.

The Pretty Xaba Benefit Concert featured artists  who included Suluman Chimbetu, Charles and Olivia Charamba,, Progress Chipfumo ,Edith Weutonga, Filbert Marowa, Pauline Gundidza, Claire Nyakujara, Eve Kawadza, Mzimba, Prince Musarurwa , Pah Chihera ,Bob Nyabinde ,Mannex Motsi and Thanda Richardson.

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 survived by two children Runyararo and Hope Chayambuka.

Comments (1)

Lala ngokhuthula Pretty u will be forever missed in acting industry. I loved u Xaba.

More Fololo - 17 December 2014

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