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Emmanuel Josias to be repatriated

A memorial service will be held for Josias who was killed amid xenophobic clashes in Alexandra.

Four men have been arrested after the fatal stabbing of a Mozambican national Emmanuel Josias in Alexandra at the weekend.  Picture: James Oatway/Sunday Times.

JOHANNESBURG - Preparations are underway to repatriate the body of the Mozambican man who was killed in Alexandra two weeks ago.

A memorial service will also be held tomorrow in South Africa for Emmanuel Josias, who was killed amid xenophobic clashes in the township.

Four people arrested for his murder will be back in court next month for a bail application.

His cousin Thando said the family are still battling to deal with his sudden death.

"We're very stressed and depressed because we want to bury Emmanuel so that his soul can rest in peace."

On Sunday, President Jacob Zuma identified Emmanuel's surname as Josias and not Sithole after revealing that he was an illegal immigrant.

Zuma was speaking at a Freedom Day event in Pretoria.

"Reports indicate that he used a false name to avoid detection by authorities as he was an illegal immigrant."

At least seven people were killed in recent xenophobic attacks which broke out in KwaZulu-Natal before spreading to Gauteng.

Government, religious leaders and entertainers have since come out to condemn the attacks.

At the same time, scores of immigrants are still living in camps following the attacks.

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