Xola Skosana burnt the national flag at the memorial service for murdered student leader and activist Philela Gilwa.The moving ceremony was held at Makhaza on Saturday. The Ses’khona People’s Rights Movement leader was stabbed to death by seven knife-wielding men in Khayelitsha last week. Mandisa Gladile, who was with Gilwa at the time of his death, said she has been left traumatised by the incident. “It’s hard to think back. “He was stabbed in the back. He tried to walk away but he was too weak. I arran ged a car to take him to hospital but 15 minutes later, we received a call to say he did not make it,” said Mandisa. Gilwa’s parents, Ntsikelelo Salityi and Domera Gilwa attended the event. “He was my only son . . . we are deeply hurt by his death,” said Ntsikelelo. Pastor Skosana said Gilwa feared for his life after receiving several threats. The 23-year-old lived with the pastor at his church in Makhaza for four months. “He has been receiving death threats since February. “The threats came after he was suspended from the University of the Free State where he was completing his political science degree,” said Skosana. He was suspended for being at the forefront of the #FeesMustFall protests and the burning of the statue of Charles Swart. “We reject South Africa. We say Azania must rise and South Africa must fall,” shouted Skosana while the flag went up in flames.