An 18-year-old man from Bubi District, Matabeleland North, escaped
death by a whisker after he was attacked by “angry” elephants.
Tinashe Ncube was saved from being trampled by the jumbos after a
relative distracted the charging animals with a wrapping cloth she was
The woman reportedly waved the cloth in the air and threw it to the
ground thereby causing the elephants to leave the injured teen and
trample on the fabric.
According to Advent Nkomo, a teacher at Lukala Secondary School,
Tinashe was with a female relative on Wednesday when they encountered
The two elephants had been provoked by students at Lukala Secondary
School as they were passing by.
Nkomo said the elephants had gone their way after the provocation but
then met Ncube and his relative who didn’t know the elephants were
angry. Said Nkomo:
Tinashe was with a woman who is his relative and when the elephant
started to attack him, the woman took off her wrapping cloth (intsaro)
and threw it on the ground.
The two elephants left him and went to attack that cloth.
There are a lot of elephants in this area and now we are fearing that
they will harm the students since they don’t know how dangerous these
Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZimParks) Head Of
Corporate Communications, Tinashe Farawo said:
It happened yesterday. I can confirm that a young man was injured by
two elephants, the investigations are still in progress.
The information we have right now is from the witnesses, our team is
working on it.