An overwhelming outpouring of grief has greeted news surrounding the death Saturday of Dewa Mavhinga with politicians and actors within the broader civic movement all taking to different social media platforms to express their shock about the celebrated rights defender’s demise.
Mavinga died of Covid-19 in South Africa Saturday.
Social media was set buzzing with grief messages.
Here is what they said in their own words.
God. The death of @dewamavhinga is deeply saddening and heartbreaking. Dewa was an indefatigable defender of human rights for everyone. May the Lord's Grace cover and comfort his family and may his memory be a blessing and his soul dwell in peace in the House of the Lord forever! pic.twitter.com/9cfoxqWkON
— Prof Jonathan Moyo (@ProfJNMoyo) December 4, 2021
Dewa Mavhinga: Gone Too SoonHORIZONTAL
An unflinching and dedicated Human Rights Advocate.
A champion of the people and their plight.
An unintimidatable and unrelenting soldier for justice.
Go well, Son of the Soil.
Pako wakasakura ukazunza.
The struggle continues. pic.twitter.com/ni6yNjkcjL
— Prof. Arthur G.O. Mutambara (@amutambara) December 4, 2021
This is a terribly sad day. Hard to take especially in these early moments. Dewa Mavhinga, Bvumavaranda, kungoverera here Munin’ina? Watidzimba panyama nhete wangu 🥲🥲🥲
— Alex T Magaisa 🇿🇼 (@Wamagaisa) December 4, 2021
The pain of this news, RIP @dewamavhinga one of the most brave and dedicated human rights defenders of our time. Farewell Dewa, thank you for all you did for all of us. May God comfort your family @hrw pic.twitter.com/FttioS6kvR
— #ThisFlag E Mawarire (@PastorEvanLive) December 4, 2021
I'm devastated & heartbroken by this horrible news.Dewa reached out a few weeks ago to discuss support for a victim in Eswatini(a schoolkid shot by the police & paralysed).Before that he spoke at Brookings Institute about our politically-motivated farm acquistion. A Hero.#RIPDewa pic.twitter.com/0xtSusNYwt
— Siphosami Malunga (@SiphoMalunga) December 4, 2021
Mwari 🙏🏿 Saddened by the news on the passing on of @dewamavhinga a brother, friend and Comrade. Chikomba has lost , Zimbabwe has lost but heaven has gained. Till we meet again pic.twitter.com/hXZhihuVtj
— Chalton Hwende (@hwendec) December 4, 2021
Am gutted to learn of the demise of Human Rights champion Dewa Mavhinga. A fearless voice for democracy and human rights. What a sad day this has turned out to be.
— Farai Maguwu (@FMaguwu) December 4, 2021