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Funeral arrangements underway for Emmanuel Sithole

Sithole was stabbed to death in Alexandra in full view of the public during xenophobic violence.

FILE: Four men have been arrested after stabbing Mozambican national Emmanuel Sithole in Alexandra on 18 April 2015. Picture: James Oatway/Sunday Times.

JOHANNESBURG - The family of Emmanuel Sithole who was stabbed to death in Alexandra has met with both the South African and Mozambican governments to make final arrangements for next week's memorial service in Gauteng and his funeral in Mozambique.

Sithole was stabbed in full view of the public and photographs of the attack were published on the front page of the Sunday Times.

Kill thy neighbour: Alex attack brings home SA's shame > in the #SundayTimes today pic.twitter.com/5esMaFcrzC

Sithole's cousin Thando says former President Nelson Mandela's widow Graca Machel is also involved with financial arrangements to ensure Sithole's three young children are looked after.

"We've met with Home Affairs and the government of Mozambique and we're currently waiting on Machel because Machel is coming this side. She's not yet in the country."

She said government is arraigning a memorial service that will take place on Wednesday, but it's unclear whether it will be in Alexandra.

A funeral service will be held in Mozambique next week Saturday after government repatriates Sithole's remains.

The case against the four men accused of killing Sithole was postponed to next month.

Mthinta Bhengu, Sifundo Mzimela, Sizwe Mngomezulu and Ayanda Sibiya are expected to apply for bail when they return to court on 4 May.

Emotions ran high after the case was postponed with some of Sithole's family members breaking down in tears.


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