The widow of former President Nelson Mandela, Graca Machel, says she is a mother in pain. Machel was speaking at the memorial service of Manual Jossias at the East Bank Hall in Alexandra, north of Johannesburg.
Jossias, initially known of Emmanuel Sithole – was a Mozambican national who was stabbed to death in the township two weeks ago. Images of his attack shocked the world. Four people have been arrested in connection with the murder.
At the memorial, Machel called for unity among Africans. She says the way South Africans violent towards each other and those around them is an expression of self-hate.
The former first lady of Mozambique and wife of the late former president Nelson Mandela came to support the family. She fought back tears throughout her speech.
“You are robbers. You left us broken.”
Emmanuel’s cousin Veronica Jossais says the killers have robbed them. “You are robbers. You left us broken. You are evil,” says the cousin.
Mozambican High Commissioner Fernando Fazenda says people have to be educated so they can know who they are and where they come from.
The City of Johannesburg and the South African Council of Churches are assisting in returning the body to Mozambique. Jossais will be buried on Saturday. His family has appealed for swift justice and for those who killed him to be brought to book.