Family and friends mourn Nurse Cele

2018-09-27 06:02
PHOTO: thami ka-nkosiMEC Dr Sibongiseni Dlomo addresing mourners during the memorial service of murdered nurse Nelisa Cele in Gamalakhe last Thursday.

PHOTO: thami ka-nkosiMEC Dr Sibongiseni Dlomo addresing mourners during the memorial service of murdered nurse Nelisa Cele in Gamalakhe last Thursday.

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GAMALAKHE Health Centre staff, friends and family of murdered nurse, Nelisa “Mu” Cele, paid their last respects on Saturday, September 15 at Gamalakhe Sport and Leisure. The nurse, who was described by those who knew her as “bubbly, friendly and compassionate”, was laid to rest at her place of birth in the Gamalakhe township.

The 31-year-old nurse’s body was found halfway down a cliff at Oribi Gorge by a birdwatching tourist on Friday, September 7.

Mourners at her memorial service last Thursday gasped in shock as details of her post-mortem emerged. Reports showed that she was struck with a blunt object on the head and sustained extensive internal bleeding. They also heard that she had been expecting a baby girl.

No-one has been arrested yet for the murder, which is shrouded in mystery, including questions about whether the killing was linked to the large sum of money she had saved up to buy a brand new car on the day of her disappearance.

Cele’s older sister, Zandile Cele said the family is traumatised and devastated as Nelisa was the breadwinner.

She said the family managed to identify Cele by the tattoo that was on her right arm.

Most of her colleagues described her as a person who was dedicated to her job, and the cleanest at the clinic.

Clinic manager Thoko Ntuli said at the time when Cele’s life was claimed, she was on leave. She said she will be particularly missed by the night-shift staff.

Mosley Lubanyana of the South African Local Government Association’s Women’s Commission said: “We will not rest as Ray Nkonyeni Municipality, and as the Ugu District, until the doer of this evil deed is found. We are tired of the murders of young, innocent people such as ‘Mu’. She cared deeply for this community. She was born here. She studied here and worked here. As the leadership, that tells us that she loved the community of Gamalakhe. The nursing profession is not an easy one, due to the many situations that nurses get exposed to. But because she was passionate about her community, she chose this career.”

Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo expressed his condolences to Cele’s family.

“The murder of a healthcare worker is always a sad day for us because these are people who are tasked to do the Lord’s work, which is to save lives and bring healing to those who are ailing.

“These incidents are therefore extremely concerning. There is just no place for brutal incidents such as this one in our society. It is unacceptable, and we call on law enforcement authorities to do everything in their power to bring the responsible person(s) to book,” said Dr Dhlomo.

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