Eight family members who were victims of a recent vicious attack by two relatives, have been buried in KwaZulu-Natal.
Mourners were distraught at the funerals at St Patrick Catholic Church cemetery in Mtwalume on Saturday of 70-year-old Mantenga Mncwabe, his wife Shonisile, 60, their daughter Phindile, 36, and grandchildren Amanda, 15, Amahle, 13, Aphiwe, three, Philasande, two, and Andile, 0ne.
They were hacked to death at their home in Mabheleni village, outside Port Shepstone, by brothers Thulani, 28, and Sibonelo Mcwabe, 26, who were convicted of murder and sentenced to seven life sentences each last week.
There had been a feud between members of the Mncwabe-family over allegations of witchcraft. The Mcwabe-brothers confessed to the killings before Judge Jacqueline Henriques.
Emergency services and nurses on standby at the funeral had to provide first aid to family members who collapsed.
Mbongeni Mncwabe, who spoke on behalf of the clan, called for the family to use the tragedy as a lesson and mend their relationships.
He urged the Mncwabe-clan to sort out their differences and appealed to government to provide Mabheleni with electricity. “We are terrorised by criminals at night because we do not have electricity. “Criminals operate in the dark,” he said. – firstname.lastname@example.org