Woman dies in cash queue

HARARE - A woman died over the weekend after enduring long hours in a queue to withdraw $40 from a bank at Joina City in the Harare central business district.

She was in the company of her minor child and had come from Murehwa.

According to witnesses, the woman (name withheld) started feeling sick after withdrawing the money.

“The lady began to vomit profusely. She was accompanied to the ladies toilet but people noticed that she was not getting better. An ambulance was called in but as soon as it arrived, she died,” said the witness who preferred anonymity.

Another witness said the deceased was visibly sick when she was waiting in the queue.

“She then told people who were around to call her daughter-in-law in Mabvuku. But before the ambulance could take her to hospital she passed away,” said another witness.

Police spokesperson Paul Nyathi said he was unaware of the incident and referred to one assistant inspector Dube who said she was on leave.

This comes as Zimbabweans have to endure countless hours in long cash queues, as the country’s cash crisis deepens.

The problem has worsened in recent weeks, with desperate depositors sleeping over at banks waiting to withdraw cash the following day.

Comments (7)

Would it not help if all transactions are done in Rand. The $200million for bond notes can easily be exchanged for ZAR. I believe this would easily solve the cash crisis. Minister of Finance swallow your pride. Accept ZAR as the transaction currency. Leave the USD as the reserve currency. Talk to SA . They are ready to help. This is a win win arrangement with SA. SA will benefit with trade as ZW solves the cash crisis. ZAR is already a transaction currency. No legislation is required. Help before more people die waiting to collect USD40

Dzvuke Muchaina - 16 November 2016

The bond note idea raised a stink right from inception. While adopting the SA Rand is more noble and practical, all they want is something they can control and use to take USD from us and leave us with useless bond note. Remember 2018 is just around the corner, they don't need USD to bank role the campaign, so creating shadowy currency will give them access to both the USD and the botched bond note. This also creates enough liquidity and flexibility to do anything, including looting and externalizing the cash should the regime loose the election.

Hwacha - 16 November 2016

The bond note idea raised a stink right from inception. While adopting the SA Rand is more noble and practical, all they want is something they can control and use to take USD from us and leave us with useless bond note. Remember 2018 is just around the corner, they don't need USD to bank role the campaign, so creating shadowy currency will give them access to both the USD and the botched bond note. This also creates enough liquidity and flexibility to do anything, including looting and externalizing the cash should the regime loose the election.

Hwacha - 16 November 2016

Gentlemen economics is simple whether Rands or US every one must be able to withdraw his money. The problem started because the government could not pay their people from late last year. Instead of retrenching and cutting costs we are now overborrowing locally which means there wont be money in the banks. If you use Rands and over borrow the problem will reamain. Either reduce civil servants or cut their salaries and then you will see change in 1 month

Engineer Kenny - 17 November 2016

Gentlemen economics is simple whether Rands or US every one must be able to withdraw his money. The problem started because the government could not pay their people from late last year. Instead of retrenching and cutting costs we are now overborrowing locally which means there wont be money in the banks. If you use Rands and over borrow the problem will reamain. Either reduce civil servants or cut their salaries and then you will see change in 1 month

Engineer Kenny - 17 November 2016

I believe if RBZ gave the touted USD200million (for bond notes) to the Reserve Bank of SA the latter will release ZAR equivalent. Remember SA is suffering because exports to ZW have diminished. The ZAR will then be used to make money available in banks. It sounds very simple to me. Why go the route of printing useless paper when money can be availed. Where is the think tank in govt.

Dzvuke Muchaina - 17 November 2016

Zimbabwe has got no foreign currency, the work or services that are being rendered to in Zimbabwe are not exported. As such the only way that RGM governement can operate is to lie, and print papers in the form of bond notes. ZANU PF can not even agree to people earn Yuan, Rand or Metcal from Mozmabique because they do not have services that are offered or products offered there. The element of foreign remittances does not even work because the only people who are accessing foreign currency are the diaspora.

amina - 17 November 2016

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