Soweto looting: Memorial held for slain teen

Siphiwe Mahori was shot and killed last week, allegedly by a foreign shop owner in the township.

Siphiwe Mahori who was shot and killed in Snake Park, Soweto, on 19 January 2015. Picture: Dineo Bendile/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A memorial service was held on Wednesday for a 14-year-old Soweto boy who was shot and killed last week allegedly by a foreign shop owner.

There was widespread looting following Siphiwe Mahori's death with violence spreading to other areas, including Kagiso on Gauteng's West Rand.

Mahori was accused of trying to rob a shop in Snake Park, a claim his family denied.

Pupils and teachers gathered at the teenager's school in Dobsonville on Wednesday afternoon.

Mahori's family, teachers and classmates remembered the teenager during a moving ceremony.

His family used the service to condemn the looting of foreign-owned shops.

They also called for calm.

The teenager's aunt, Portia Mathebula, said, "We don't like the way the foreigners were attacked. The situation was supposed to be left to the police."

The family says although they're still devastated by the teenager's death, they are disappointed in the manner in which residents reacted to the death.

Mahori will be laid to rest in Doornkop on Saturday.


The teenager's mother says she's not willing to forgive his killer.

Nombuyiselo Nhlane says she's not coping.

"At the moment, we are still devastated. Our hearts are still in pain."

The teenager's father, Daniel Mahori, said he had high hopes for his son.

"I was expecting my child to be educated and to become a better person than I am."

Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane on Tuesday said helping the teenager's family did not mean government was compensating the family for the boy's death.

She made the comments while visiting the Mahori home where she also met and spoke to community members.

The MEC says the City of Johannesburg will be assisting the teenager's family with funeral arrangements.

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