Veteran politician and Zanu PF Politburo member, Cde Kantibhai Gordanbhai Patel (pictured), has died. He was 83.A family spokesperson, Vijay Patel, son to the late said Cde Patel died on Saturday morning at a Johannesburg hospital where he was being treated for hip and shoulder injuries sustained when he fell at his Ridgeview home last month.
He described the late Cde Patelâ€™s death as a loss not only to his family but to the entire nation.
Present at the funeral was Zanu PF central committee member, Cde Noah Mangondo, who said the late Cde Patel will be remembered for his immeasurable contribution to Zanu PF and Zimbabwe.
He said Cde Patel will also be remembered for his dedication in mobilising funds and encouraging the Asian community to engage in the politics of the countryâ€™s liberation.
Cde Patelâ€˜s body is expected to be brought back to the country this Monday or Tuesday.
Cde Patel is survived by three sons and seven grandchildren.
Mourners are gathered at Number 31 Anson road, Ridgeview in Harare.
Meanwhile, Zanu PF Harare province has recommended to the party that the late veteran politician and Politburo member Cde Patel be accorded national hero status.
Province chairman, Ambassador Amos Midzi said the late Cde Patelâ€™s invaluable contribution to the party will be missed.
Ambassador Midzi said while recollecting Cde Patelâ€™s work on behalf of the party and the nation, the province has recommended to the party that the late veteran politician and businessman be honoured with national hero status.
Born on the 28th of October 1928 in Gujarat State in India, the late Cde Patel was educated in India and came to Africa halfway through his university studies.
Heavily involved in mobilising financial support for the nationalist movement throughout the liberation struggle, Cde Patel pioneered the Zanu PF Ridgeview branch in 1980 where he encouraged members of the Asian community to play an active role in Zimbabwean politics while also serving in various capacities in the party and in government.