The concept of Ubuntu dictates that umuntu ngumutu ngabantu. Motho ke motho ka batho. This concept subscribes to the processualism of ubuntu. In the African…
The residents of Ndakane street, in Dobsonville extension 3 can appreciate the visit by various organizations, the clergy, media houses and Government leaders as they arrived in numbers on the 7th of April, to offer condolences to the bereaved Sibeko family. As they entered the home of the slain Sphiwe Sibeko, with masks and gloves visible, the delegates went inside the house in small groups as an observation of social distancing, giving emotional support in their trying times.
Having lost their young child through gruesome attacks ward councillor Jabu Thomo ushered in the Gauteng Mayor Geoffrey Makhubo and his mayoral committee to the family house, who in his message of condolences mentioned that, “We were deeply saddened in learning the news of the gruesome murder. What type of society are we living in? What monsters are we breeding in our societies, that a child gets sent to the shop and gets attacked so brutally! The security cluster must not only find the perpetrators but make sure that they get locked up forever. We share the pain with the Sibeko family, and it is painful for a parent to bury their child. There are monsters out there that we live, interact and smile with, unbeknown of their capabilities. He called on the community to work with the police to identify the suspects responsible for this barbaric act.” He concluded.
Provincial Speaker Helen Mekgwe mentioned that it was painful to find ourselves having to bid farewell to our child in these trying circumstances of the lockdown period throughout the country. Whilst being interviewed by the media, juxtaposed to the looming Emdeni ext. 2 open field that sealed Sphiwe’s fate, she emphasised that protocol be followed during the funeral and that a register of those in attendance be kept. Going to print, it was reported that two suspects had been arrested. Donations to the family came in many forms as more people opened up their hearts to offer solace.
Jerry Sokhupe Soweto Sunrise News