Zimbabwe’s post-election violence victims laid to rest

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Three of the victims from clashes that followed a disputed election in Zimbabwe were buried on Saturday.

In the suburbs of Harare, the body of 53-year-old mother of two Sylvia Maphosa was laid to rest with hundreds of friends and family gathered to pay respects.

Her husband of 30 years, Robert Maphosa, who declined to speak on camera, told a local journalist that Sylvia left her office on Wednesday when she found herself in the middle of post-election clashes.

Robert said that as she fled the violence she was shot in the back.

Soldiers and tanks rolled into the capital Harare on Wednesday after protests erupted against President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s ruling ZANU-PF party’s landslide win in the House of Assembly vote.

The army clampdown on civilians and the opposition’s allegations that the vote was rigged revealed the deep fissures in Zimbabwean society that developed during the four-decade rule of former president Robert Mugabe, when the security forces became a byword for heavy-handedness.