Former Studio 263 actress Tinopona Katsande diagnosed with cervical cancer, urges women to undergo screening
By Paidashe Mandivengerei
MEDIA personality Tinopona Katsande has revealed that she was diagnosed with stage 1 cervical cancer and currently receiving treatment.
Katsande, popular for her role as Joyce Huni in yesteryear drama series, Studio 263 said she had had a ‘torrid time physically, mentally and emotionally’ but was hopeful of a recovery.
The ZiFm radio host also suffers from endometriosis, a condition in which cells that normally line the uterus, grow outside it.
In a series of Facebook posts, Katsande affectionately known as Tin Tin encouraged women to go for cervical cancer screening.
By Erica Jecha
CITIZENS Coalition for Change (CCC) lawmaker Job Sikhala’s wife Ellen has appeared in court charged violating traffic regulations.
Ellen Sikhala appeared Thursday before Harare magistrate Evelyn Mashavakure and was remanded out of custody to October 19.
According to court papers Ellen is said to have driven against the flow of traffic while going to visit her husband at Chikurubi prison.
She arrested by police who also impounded the vehicle.
Human rights lawyer Paidamoyo Saurombe, who is representing her agreed to the postponement of the case.
“The date is by consent your worship,” she said.
Ellen’s arrest has drew condemnation from opposition CCC activists who accused the authorities of harassing Sikhala’s family.
However, police said the fact Ellen was Sikhala’s wife does not mean she can get away with breaking the law.
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Family demands answers after Zim woman dies at South African hospital; neglected due to her nationality as rant Doc statements blamed
By Itumeleng Mafisa for IOL.com
The death of a Zimbabwean woman in a Krugersdorp hospital has left a deep scar among Zimbabweans who are desperate to receive health services in South Africa.
Luyanda Moyo, 21, is a Zimbabwean immigrant who visited South African medical centres to give birth but was allegedly met with poor treatment and lack of attention because of her nationality.
Moyo gave birth at the Yusuf Dadoo hospital in Krugersdorp to a baby weighing 4kg.
Despite complaining of pain and excessive bleeding, she alleged that the medical staff in the maternity ward did not pay attention to her.
Luyanda’s uncle, Gibson Tshuma, told “The Star” that she was so neglected to the point of being the last patient in the ward.
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“The Star” understands that nurses found Luyanda dead hours after giving birth.
She was in so much pain that she apparently told nurses that she would rather die than bare the pain she was in.
Her family is calling for an investigation into her death.
Tshuma said the family was concerned that the statements uttered by Limpopo Health MEC, Phophi Rmathuba, could have caused the staff at the hospital to have a negative attitude towards illegal Zimbabwean seeking medical attention in parts of South Africa.
Tshuma said when they found Luyanda’s body in the hospital her clothes were covered in blood.
The hospital failed to explain what happened to Luyanda.
“Based on the messages on her cellphone she was overdue and she was given an inducing pill even though they acknowledged that the baby was too big for her to deliver naturally,” Tshuma said.
“The Star” listened to some voice notes that Luyanda shared with her mother before she died.
In some of them the young woman was describing the unbearable pain she was in to his mother.
“It’s so painful… they haven’t checked on me, I think they will come today,” Luyanda said in a voice note to her mother.
Luyanda’s baby boy survived and is with his grandmother but the family said it was still left with a million questions concerning how Luyanda died.
“We are demanding answers as to what happened, we are not getting clear answers.
“They induced her even when they had observed an operation was necessary and then she was ignored when she was bleeding to death,” Tshuma said.
The family is preparing for Luyanda’s body to be transported back to Zimbabwe where her funeral will take place.
The family said it was concerned that if ordinary South Africans suffered poor service at hospital, the situations was worse for foreign nationals.
The Gauteng Department of Health did not respond to “The Star” questions by late afternoon yesterday.
Last week, the United States updated targeted U.S. sanctions against Zimbabwean individuals and entities responsible for committing grave human rights abuses, undermining democracy, or contributing to corruption on a massive scale.
The targeted sanctions regime, first established in 2003, was intended to pressure and isolate those most responsible for political violence and the collapse of the Zimbabwean economy.
Policymakers hoped that establishing concrete disincentives for the worst excesses in the country would stem the tide of authoritarianism and kleptocracy, creating more space for the many Zimbabweans who wish to express their political views without reason to fear, and who support genuine democracy, accountability, and the rule of law.
Nearly two decades on, the sanctions regime has succeeded in inconveniencing some of the most odious actors in Zimbabwe. But it has not stopped Zimbabwe’s seemingly endless descent into dictatorship and despair, in which a small circle of elites enrich themselves and protect their access to power while the rest of the country suffers.
At the same time, sanctions serve as a handy scapegoat for those elites, who often mischaracterize them as a blanket ban on trade and investment in Zimbabwe and assert that these restrictions, rather than their own mismanagement, are to blame for the country’s troubles.
The result is a disheartening stasis. The individuals and entities on the list continue their repression and self-dealing, offering neither justification for lifting restrictions that target them, nor hope that those restrictions will be sufficient to disincentivize further brutality.
Instead, as the 2023 elections draw closer in Zimbabwe, the situation in the country seems to be getting worse. Opposition parliamentarians Job Sikhala and Godfrey Sithole languish in detention on dubious charges, while their family members find themselves targeted by security services.
Political activists have good reason to fear even worse treatment. An eyebrow-raising report about the state’s recent harassment of visiting U.S. congressional staffers suggests that the Zimbabwean authorities have no interest in even affecting a façade for outsiders. They want the sanctions lifted, but also openly intend to continue down a path of violent, repressive, ultimately ruinous governance.
The sanctions have also become something of an irritant in Washington’s relations with other African states and the issue was among the items on South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s agenda in his bilateral meeting with President Biden last week.
Xenophobia is on the rise in South Africa and attempting to address upstream factors pushing migrants across the border makes sense. But it is difficult to imagine that Ramaphosa or other Southern African leaders really believe that Zimbabwe’s economy will recover due to a decision made in Washington.
Would Zimbabweans who fled their dysfunctional country wish to return if only leaders responsible for political violence could do business unencumbered by targeted sanctions? Would Zimbabwe’s business climate have a positive reputation if only the entities siphoning off state resources were not on a sanctions list?
For too many African leaders, pretending to believe in these unlikely propositions is apparently far more comfortable than acknowledging the rot at the heart of the Zimbabwean state, or their own role in enabling it.
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