Memorial service to be held for Sithole

By Drum Digital
29 April 2015

The City of Johannesburg and the SA Council of Churches will hold a memorial service on Wednesday for Emmanuel Sithole

The City of Johannesburg and the SA Council of Churches will hold a memorial service on Wednesday for the Mozambican man initially identified as Emmanuel Sithole, who was stabbed and later died in Alexandra during a spate of attacks on foreign nationals.

Johannesburg mayor Parks Tau and former president Nelson Mandela's widow Graca Machel, who is also Mozambican, are expected to attend the service at the East Bank Hall.

President Jacob Zuma said on Monday that Sithole used a fake name to avoid detection because he was an illegal immigrant.

Zuma named him as Emmanuel Josias.

Name left off official toll

There has been speculation that the attack on the man was linked to other xenophobic attacks around the country. However his death has been left out of the official toll for the attacks.

Seven were killed during the attacks - three South Africans and four foreign nationals.

Sithole (Josias) was stabbed in broad daylight on the streets of Alexandra on April 18.

Pictures of him being attacked and stabbed were published on the front page of the Sunday Times.

Four people have been arrested for his murder.

The accused, Sifiso Mzimela, Amanda Sibiya, Sizwe Mngomezulu and Mthinti Bhengu, are facing charges of murder and robbery.

The group will appear in court again on May 4 when they are expected to apply for bail.

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