Popular Zimbabwe socialite Genius Kadungure was killed in a high-speed car crash early on Sunday.
36-year-old Kadungure was returning home to Domboshava, after celebrating a friend’s birthday at around 5AM when witnesses say his Rolls Royce had a head-on collision with a blue Honda Fit on Borrowdale Road.
The Rolls Royce smashed into a tree before catching fire. Kandungure was thrown off the car and died at the spot along with three of his friends named Karim, Elisha and Moana, who was celebrating her birthday.
The driver and a passenger in the Honda Fit, which suffered damaged on the front right side, escaped with minor injuries.
Eye Witness Danny Kuwanga, who was one of the first people at the scene, said Kadungure was speeding.
“It happened in front of my eyes. He was speeding. He first overtook me and as he tried to overtake a second vehicle, that’s when he crashed into the Honda Fit driving the opposite way,” Kuwanga said.
Kuwanga said he was joined by three other man and they pulled Kadungure away from the vehicle which was now a fireball.
“The girls didn’t make it out. They were just crying inside the burning car. We couldn’t do anything,” he added.
In his final moments, he made a post on Instagram, saying: “Guys it’s time to go out, it’s gonna be going down. We’re going to Dreams (nightclub) in the next few minutes, it’s gonna be going down. It’s Moana’s birthday, we’re going to pop champagne, it’s gonna be champagne showers tonight, see you there.”
As he gets into the vehicle, Kadungure tells his followers he’s “driving Rolls Royce Wraith.” The video cuts out as ‘Hello’ by Kabza de Small and DJ Mapholisa blasts from the US$500,000 motor.
The social media star and owner of Dreams nightclub, known for showing off his top-of-the-range sports cars and palatial home in Domboshava, was a cousin of Zimbabwe’s Vice President Constantino Chiwenga’s estranged wife, Mary Mubaiwa.