Victoria Chitepo Dies, Body Taken To One Commando

Zanu PF politburo member and veteran of the liberation struggle Victoria Fikile Chitepo (pictured) has died.

 

She was 88.


According to the ZBC, Chitepo was found dead by her daughter at her Mount Pleasant home in Harare.

 

Victoria Chitepo was scheduled to attend this Friday’s central committee meeting.


During the central committee, a minute of silence was observed in her honour.


She was born in 1928 in South Africa and was a teacher by profession.


Victoria was wife to the late national hero and Zanu chairman Herbert Chitepo who was assassinated in Zambia in 1975.

 

She taught at many schools in Tanzania during the time her husband was working as a lawyer there.


She met the late national hero Herbert Chitepo at Adams College in Natal near Durban, South Africa in 1942 while he was doing his matric.


There were married in Durban on November 29, 1955.


During the days of the colonial rule and through the inspiration of her husband, she was instrumental in organising women to march in protest against oppression and also co-ordinated care for detainees who were in prisons in places like Marondera, Sikombela and Gonakudzingwa.

 

Her daughter, Thokozile Chitepo told the media on Friday her late mother’s body was taken to the Zimbabwe National Army’s One Commando Barracks as preparations for her burial take centre stage.