Murdered granny, grandchildren buried

2010-09-01 08:54

A Transkei grandmother and her grandchildren, who were hacked to death in August, were buried yesterday.

Thousands of mourners, including government, traditional leaders and locals, arrived in Ngqeleni to pay their last respects, the Dispatchonline reported today.

Masilengenge Bambusiba (85) her grandsons Lwazi (17) Lwando (10) and Vela Nogemane (9) and granddaughter Ezile Nogemane (5) were found dead at their home in the Sigubudu village of Qhokama, in Ngqeleni, on August 22.

Eastern Cape Premier Noxolo Kiviet, who delivered an address at the funeral, asked the community to unite against crime and the abuse of women, the elderly and children.

“We will not tolerate a situation where the youth misuse their energy to terrorise women and abuse children and the elderly,” she said.

More than R100 000 was raised for the family by “good Samaritans” to help with the funeral.

A special fund was opened and is being managed by roads and public works MEC Pemmy Majodina and Eastern Cape Arrive Alive spokesperson Tshepo Machaea.

Coffins were donated, as was a tombstone and groceries to feed those attending the funeral.

Bambusiba’s relatives had been dependent on her social grant and the foster care grants of some of the children, said Machaea.

The fund was opened with R86 095 and during the funeral service, R25 822 was collected from mourners.

“In total we have raised R111 917.70. This will be used to sustain the well-being of the family and some will be used to establish an education fund for those children left,” said Majodina, adding that the money would be kept in the fund.

Bambusiba and her grandchildren were buried in the family’s garden.

Ten men have been arrested on charges relating to the murder and will bring a formal bail application tomorrow.

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