Khumalo lookalike jeered at Senzo’s funeral

2014-11-02 06:00

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Kelly Khumalo wasn’t at her partner Senzo Meyiwa’s funeral in Durban yesterday – and one incident early in the day suggested the crowd wouldn’t have welcomed her.

More than 30 000 people braved the rain to pay their respects to the slain Bafana Bafana captain and Orlando Pirates goalie at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Shortly before Meyiwa’s coffin arrived at the stadium, there was a massive roar of disapproval from the packed stands when a young woman wearing a black dress and accompanied by two young children made her way from the VIP entrance to the tent to the left of the podium, where the VIPs and family members were seated.

Angry shouts of “There she is!” came from the stands as photographers swarmed around the young woman, snapping furiously as she teetered on painfully high heels, clearly fazed by the sudden attention.

The media scrum looked rather disappointed to find out that the young woman – whose name is not known – was not Khumalo.

After a week of high emotion and animosity, Meyiwa’s family issued a statement saying they would welcome Khumalo at the funeral.

Meyiwa’s wife Mandisa Mkhize, who has stayed out of the public eye since his brutal killing on Sunday night, joined his parents, Samuel and Ntombifuthi, who were seated alongside Pirates boss Irvin Khoza and Kaizer Chiefs supremo Kaizer Motaung.

Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu and Durban mayor James Nxumalo led the political team at the funeral. Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula delivered a passionate call to South Africans to declare war on crime.

After the service, Meyiwa was buried at Heroes Acre in Chesterville Cemetery.

Meyiwa’s team-mates formed a guard of honour as his casket was carried to the hearse and out of the stadium. At the cemetery, the family, team-mates and political heavyweights were present as his body was lowered into the grave.

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