Westdene’s distraught residents: ‘Here you can die if you go to a funeral’

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Margaret Holloway (75) was hit in the leg by a stray bullet during Kebby Maphatsoe’s funeral on Sunday. Photo: Deon Raath
Margaret Holloway (75) was hit in the leg by a stray bullet during Kebby Maphatsoe’s funeral on Sunday. Photo: Deon Raath

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Funerals can cause your death. This is what residents of Westdene in Johannesburg were saying this week after a stray bullet fired by a mourner at the nearby Westpark Cemetery hit an elderly woman in the leg.

Although Margaret Holloway (75) may be the first Westdene resident to be shot during one of these macabre rituals, residents in the area say it is too dangerous during funerals to venture outside their homes because bullets often go through their windows or hit roofs in the area.

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