Emmanuel Sithole murder: Fourth suspect arrested

Sithole was beaten and stabbed to death in a xenophobic attack by a group of armed men in Alexandra.

Police had their hands full in the Johannesburg CBD on 17 April 2015 in the latest flare-up of xenophobic violence. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - A fourth man has been arrested in connection with the murder of Mozambican national Emmanuel Sithole in Alexandra.

Three other suspects were taken in on Sunday night.

All four will appear in court this morning.

Sithole was beaten and stabbed to death by a group of armed men in Alexandra on Saturday.

He was killed during a xenophobic attack.


The slain Mozambican national's family says they're anxious and concerned about what will become of his three young children, who were awaiting his arrival back home.

Sithole has two wives in Mozambique and three children under the age of five.

His brother, Jerimiah Sithole, says Emmanuel was the only bread winner in his family and would never go three months without going to see his children.

"He loved his children very much and always remembered to send them money. He would always visit them."

He says Sithole was gathering funds to go back home to see his children.

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Jerimiah said his family doesn't have enough money to transport his brother's body back to Mozambique.

"We don't have the funds to take his remains home and I think the South African government must do something, because he died as a result of xenophobia."

in response, the South African government has offered to assist the Sithole family to repatriate his remains.

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Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau has promised the Sithole family that government will ensure he receives a dignified funeral.

"The City of Johannesburg has agreed and committed to helping the family, to ensure that we give him a decent send off."

Tau and Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Pravin Gordhan, visited the Sithole family in Alexandra yesterday.