Originally by NewsDay

A Zimbabwean soldier was gunned down in broad daylight on the streets of Johannesburg, in South Africa on Monday.

The deceased (30) who has now been identified as Phakamile Ncube from Mtshabezi near Gwanda and a Zimbabwean military personnel ,was in SA for a visit was approached by a gun welding man who shot him at point blank range

Zimbabwe Defence Forces spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Alphios Makotore confirmed the incident and said the army would assist in repatriating his body for burial.

“He was our member and on official leave. He must have, like any other citizen, gone to that country to visit. We will assist in all possible ways in his burial,” Makotore said.

A close relative said Ncube was gunned down after being in Johannesburg for a week and was about to travel back home.

“He went into a Discount Foods Shop and bought large carrier bags known as tshangani bags. A man now known to be a security guard at the supermarket followed him and placed a gun on the back of his neck and killed him,” a relative narrated, saying they suspected that the two could have had an altercation before the incident.

Ncube is believed to have died as a result of blood loss as the ambulance is said to have arrived an hour late.

“Had the ambulance arrived earlier, this man could have been saved,” a close family member, who declined to be named, said.