THE Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has removed the ZWL$35,000 transaction limit per week on the account of hero truck driver Sirizani Butau for the next three months up to 31 March 2022.
Butau, a Kadoma-based trucker, was on his way from Beira to Zambia via Zimbabwe when he became one of the first responders to an accident in which a bus had crashed against a petroleum tanker just outside Mutare. The accident took place on Friday, Christmas eve, at around 5pm.
He ran to the smoldering bus and helped pull at least eight people from the wreckage. Butau even tried to rescue the driver of the fuel tanker but the truck exploded. Five people ended up dying in the accident, and 67 were taken to the hospital, including Butau who suffered third-degree burns helping out.
Photos of Butau then went viral from Saturday morning. One popular photo shows him standing in the roadway, barefoot, a column of black smoke rising from the accident behind him, his legs and arms covered in serious burns.
Hours later, his EcoCash wallet reached the set limit as well-wishers sent him money as gift for his act of selfless sacrifice. There were pleas for the monetary authorities to waiver the limits as many Zimbabweans across the world flooded the money transfer platform. This was after Butau’s Ecocash account number, +263773024849, was shared with the public on various social media platforms.
Now, Fungai Mandiveyi, EcoCash Holdings spokesperson, told online publication Pindula News that the RBZ has since relaxed the limit on Butau’s wallet.
“I can confirm that we obtained authority from the RBZ to review Mr Sitizani Butau’s weekly EcoCash limit to allow him to pay for urgent treatment, among other things.
“His limit was reviewed from ZWL$35,000 to ZWL$100,000 per week, with effect from Dec 26 2021 until March 31, 2022,” said Mandiveyi.
Meanwhile, HourlyHits reported that Butau has been discharged from a Kadoma private hospital where he was being treated and will soon be called to a State House function to be hosted by President Mnangagwa.
On Sunday, the President hailed Butau for heroically saving lives, saying the Government will honour him for the sacrifice