A post-mortem conducted on late Dewa Mavhinga in South Africa this week has distanced the once prominent human rights defender from Covid-19 as the cause of his death.
Family spokesperson Valentine Chikosi dismissed earlier reports the late former Southern Africa director for Human Rights Watch succumbed to the pandemic but elected to keep the outcome under wraps.
“We can’t confirm that he died of Covid-19. The family at the appropriate time will share the cause of death as concluded by the post-mortem,” Chikosi told Zimstar News.
The uncle to the late activist regretted that people had made some medically unconfirmed conclusions Mavhinga died from Covid-19.
The fierce rights defender and pro-democracy campaigner who led tough relations with the Zanu PF led administration, died 4 December this year in South Africa, where he was now based.
Mavhinga is now set for burial in his rural Chivhu home this Sunday.