Matabeleland South Provincial Medical Director and war veteran, Dr Gordon Bango, has died.

Dr Bango died at Mater Dei Hospital in Bulawayo on Friday after suffering a second stroke.

He was 65.

Dr Bango was born on the 23rd of September 1945 at Sontala area in Kezi.

He did his primary education at Sontala and St Josephs primary schools in Kezi before proceeding for his secondary education at Empandeni Mission in Mangwe.

He was expelled from school in 1962 after taking part in a student uprising against racial discrimination.

He later trained in Hungary as a medical doctor and became a resident doctor in Edinburgh, Scotland before moving to Zambia where he played an active role in the liberation struggle.

After independence he worked as a doctor in Gwanda and Tsholotsho before being promoted to the position of Provincial Medical Director of Matabeleland South in 1984, a post he held until his death.

Meanwhile, the Matabeleland South provincial administrator, Mr David Mpofu, has expressed deep sadness at the passing on of Dr Bango, describing him as a true patriot who remained committed to his work despite his failing health.

Mourners are gathered at number 101A Moffat Avenue, Hillside in Bulawayo.

He is survived by his wife Mary, four children and three grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements will be announced in due course.