Graça Machel ‘deeply ashamed’ of anything related to xenophobia

The former Mozambican first lady spoke at a memorial service for Emmanuel Josias yesterday.

Graça Machel speaks at Emmanuel Josias's, who died during the xenophobic attacks, memorial service in Alexandra on 29 April 2015. Picture: Thando Kubheka/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Former Mozambican first lady, Gra├ža Machel, said she's an African mother in pain and is deeply ashamed of anything related to xenophobia.

Machel was speaking at a memorial service held for Emmanuel Josias at the East Bank Hall in Alexandra on Wednesday.

Josias was stabbed to death in the township two weeks ago.

Machel has told Josias's family that he will forever be a reminder of what should never happen again in this country.

"Despite the tragic conditions in which you lost your life, your life was not wasted."

She said she personally knows what it's like to lose a husband in a violent situation.

"I personally know what it takes to raise children where you become a mother and a father at the same time."

Machel said Josias was a citizen of Southern Africa and the whole region is in mourning.

Josias will be laid to rest in Mozambique soon.

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