Five massacre victims laid to rest

2017-11-15 06:01
PHOTO: Siqalokuhle MediaMother of three of the children killed in the Embangweni massacre, Mpume Sibiya, is comforted by Umvoti Deputy Mayor, N. Masikane at the funeral service last Saturday.

PHOTO: Siqalokuhle MediaMother of three of the children killed in the Embangweni massacre, Mpume Sibiya, is comforted by Umvoti Deputy Mayor, N. Masikane at the funeral service last Saturday.

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IT was an emotional day for the Sibiya­ family, friends and the Embangweni­ community as last Saturday­ five of the eight family members, who had been massacred, were buried.

The funeral service held at Sangweni­ Primary School in Matimatolo was attended by a large number of mourners. Officials present were the provincial secretary of Community Safety and Liaison, Mr M. Mnqayi, uMzinyathi District Mayor PMS Ngubane, Umvoti Mayor TC Ngubane, Umvoti Deputy Mayor NG Masikane, councillors and iziNduna zendawo.

Eight members of the Sibiya family - two sisters and six grandchildren - were brutally murdered on the night of October 3.

Three victims were buried two weeks ago, but the five whose service was held last Saturday had been shot and burnt and their service was delayed because of forensic tests.

In addressing the mourners, Mayor TC Ngubane said the culture of violence and killing is a real problem in KZN.

“Other people face problems too, but it is only in our province that people resort to violence to solve differences.

“That is not the correct approach. I urge community members to rather involve the police or officials if they are unhappy about something.”

The surviving Sibiya family members are undergoing counselling to assist them with moving forward.

Government departments have also committed to provide the basic necessities to the family who lost everything when their one house was burnt.

The family and the community have been assisted and supported by businesses, individuals, government departments and the municipality.

At the time of going to press the motive behind the massacre is still unknown and there is an ongoing investigation into the killings, but no arrests have been made.

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