The region has since the beginning of the month experienced record high temperatures that also resulted in a woman dying in Bulawayo after she disembarked from a Railways of Zimbabwe train.
Sources told Radio VOP that almost 30 youths collapsed as they tried to finish the road race in thirty minutes.
“Yes its true three people died while scores fainted another one is critically ill and admitted at Gwanda Hospital”, said a police officer based at Guyu who requested not to be named.
The police officer said they had been ordered by army officials not to release any information about the issue.
Villagers in Guyu are angered by the sad developments and have ordered the Army to meet funeral expenses and compensate the families affected.
“Honestly how can they make them run in such high temperatures, they should have waited for the weather to change, now breadwinners have been lost”, said an angry villager.
The ZNA is on a massive countrywide recruitment amid reports that many soldiers are quitting the army due to poor working conditions.
In September Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) Commander Lieutenant-General, Phillip Valerio Sibanda said Matabeleland South had the least number of successful candidates in the recruitment exercise conducted recently because most candidates were malnourished.