Tears flow at Hillbrow shooting victim's memorial

2017-09-08 22:15
A banner hanging at the centre of the stage at the Hillbrow theatre where Percy Ndlovu was shot and killed. (Iavan Pijoos, News24)

A banner hanging at the centre of the stage at the Hillbrow theatre where Percy Ndlovu was shot and killed. (Iavan Pijoos, News24)

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Johannesburg - The seat at the theatre in Hillbrow where Percy Allen Ndlovu was shot and killed is empty. His voice is quiet.

Ndlovu, 27, a waiter at Mugg & Bean in Boksburg died in his seat at the Hillbrow Theatre on August 27 when a man randomly opened fire on the audience in the early hours of Sunday morning. Seven others were injured.

At his memorial at the theatre on Friday afternoon, a former colleague Ashley Sithole described Ndlovu as a "good and wonderful boy".

"He was very humble and always eager to learn. I've got no words, but God has done His will. May his soul rest in peace," Sithole said.

Sithole said they never expected Ndlovu to be taken away from them at such a young age.

He had been working with "Lucky", as he is known to his friends and family, for five years.

"He came to Mugg & Bean as a small boy until he was man enough to stand for himself. I'm so heartbroken, but we will always remember his funny moments and his way of handling the clients at work," a distraught Sithole said.

A banner with Ndlovu's face and the words, "Rest In Peace Allen Percy Ndlovu" was hanging at the centre of the stage.

His casket was covered in a brown blanket and had a small tree branch on top of it.

Loyal, always friendly

The tree branch was used to fetch his soul and bring it to rest.

The seat where he was shot and killed was now taken up by a sobbing woman.

A candle burnt at the entrance of the theatre.

Some family members stood around his casket, the hurt in their eyes evident. One woman fell to the ground next to his casket, shouting: "No, no, no, no."

She was later carried out by other relatives. Other family members and friends held on to each other, sobbing uncontrollably.

Similo Prichard Moyo from the Adventist Church said the theatre was a place for people to enjoy themselves.

"You know this was a place for people to come together and relax, but when the devil shows up, it's a disaster," Moyo said.

Moyo told the packed theatre that even when death comes, it is precious in the sight of the Lord.

Ntando Nakala, a close friend of Ndlovu found it hard to hold back her tears.

Nakala said he was not only a friend but a brother.

"He is such a good and loyal guy, always friendly. He was easy going, down to earth and you could easily make friends with him," she said.

She said she will always remember Ndlovu, despite the difficulty of moving on.

"It has been two weeks now and I still find it hard to accept that he is gone. We will always love and remember him."

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