Fallen CAR soldier laid to rest in Joburg

Family, friends and colleagues gathered the cemetery to pay their final respects to Xolani Dlamini.

SANDF soldiers carry the bodies of their colleagues who were killed in the Central African Republic in March. Picture: Alex Eliseev/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Hundreds of people gathered at the West Park Cemetery in Johannesburg on Saturday for the funeral of Xolani Dlamini, one of the 13 soldiers killed in the Central African Republic (CAR) in March.

Family, friends and colleagues gathered at the cemetery to pay their final respects to Dlamini.

His family has remembered him as a proud and passionate soldier, who would never have dreamed of doing anything else with his life.

His uncle, Elias, said his Dlamini had been very aware of the dangers associated with the job and recalled how the soldier comforted his mother by saying he would rather die in battle than on his couch at home.

The proud uncle also said, although many lives were lost in the Central African Republic, it was part of God's plan and that he has made peace with his grandson's death.