Hundreds pay last respects to Sithole

2017-03-10 10:58
Slain Richmond municipal manager Sibusiso Sithole’s aunt, Emma Sithole (left), comforts his grieving widow, Masa Sithole, at his memorial in Richmond on Thursday.

Slain Richmond municipal manager Sibusiso Sithole’s aunt, Emma Sithole (left), comforts his grieving widow, Masa Sithole, at his memorial in Richmond on Thursday. (Chelsea Pieterse)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Pietermaritzburg - Scores of friends, family, colleagues and local residents packed the Richmond Agricultural Hall on Thursday to bid their final goodbyes to the town’s slain municipal manager, Sibusiso Sithole.

Sithole (39) was shot four times by two unknown gunmen while on his way to renew his driver’s licence on Monday morning.

Sithole, who was awarded best municipal manager in the province in 2014, has been described by many who knew him as a “respected man” who was good at his job and fought against corruption within the Richmond Municipality.

The Richmond Agricultural Hall was filled to overflowing as hundreds gathered to pay their last respects to Sithole at the memorial organised by Richmond Municipality.

Work colleagues, ANC comrades, friends, local school pupils and members of the Richmond community celebrated the slain municipal manager’s life and the impact he had made on the town with singing and dancing inside the crowded hall.

Those who were unable to fit inside the hall, lined the outside of the building, hunched over and bundled together for protection from the pouring rain and chilly wind.

Sithole’s weeping wife and daughter, Masa and Luyanda Sithole, were comforted by relatives as colleagues and officials took turns in remembering Sithole’s life while photographs of Sithole were displayed in a slideshow in the background.

KZN ANC secretary Mzi Zuma spoke at the memorial and said it was an opportunity to “celebrate the life of a great man who contributed so greatly to the local municipality”.

Zuma said Sithole’s achievements should be remembered, such as the clean audits returned at the municipality under his leadership.

Zuma also said that there had been a number of violent incidents in Richmond recently and called “for calm and a stable environment”.

He added that there would be a march to the local police station in Richmond today calling for an end to the violence and for Sithole’s murderers to be arrested “with haste”.

Sithole’s funeral will be held at Richmond Primary Scool, 1 Princess Street, on Saturday at 9 am.

Read more on:    pietermaritzburg

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.


Who are the highest paid models of 2017?

From Kendall to Gisele, check out who are the top models of 2017


You won't want to miss...

10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
WATCH: Pornhub is giving users free access to premium content these holidays
5 top leg exercises for men
10 best dressed men of 2017
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.