This was the message preached by pastors and expressed by residents of Dobsonville and the surrounding areas of Soweto at the funeral service for Thandeka Moganetsi and Cwayita Rathazwayo, whose bodies were found in the veld last week.
The teenage girls, aged 15 and 16, were murdered in what is suspected to have been a “satanic” ritual.
Many of the pupils who converged on the Dobsonville stadium to pay their last respects, could not hide their emotions and cried uncontrollably.
Emergency and health officials were called to help those who had fainted.
The mood was sombre, particularly when pastors from different denominations were called onto the stage to hold prayers.
“Heal Dobsonville … heal our land,” were some of the prayers offered by the pastors and members of the public.
Representing City of Johannesburg, executive mayor Parks Tau andcouncil speaker Connie Bapela said they were sad to lose children who were meant to be the future leaders of this country.
“It is sad to say goodbye to these two talented leaders of the future generation,” she said.
“We condemn this horrific act that stole the lives of our children who had bright futures ahead of them.”
Chairperson of the Congress of SA Students (Cosas) in the Johannesburg region, Tebogo Magafane, took a swipe at mourners who turned up in ANC and EFF regalia. “We are not here to campaign,” he said.
“Education has also been hijacked at schools by political opportunists and we, as Cosas, want to make it clear we will not allow the education of the black child to be compromised.”
Pupils from various schools formed a human chain as the procession made its way to the nearby Roodepoort cemetery, where the pair were buried beside each other.
Meanwhile, the case against two boys accused of murdering the girls was on Monday postponed to next week.