Westbury teacher killed in Kensington to be laid to rest

Zukisa Kela will be laid to rest in Joburg this morning, a week after he and his girlfriend were attacked.

FILE: Sibongile Kela, uncle of Zukisa Kela who was drowned in the Rhodes Park attack on Saturday, at the scene of the crime. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A friend of a Westbury teacher who drowned in the Rhodes dam in Kensington a week ago says he hopes Zukisa Kela did not die in vain and that his death will shine the light on senseless crimes in the community.

Kela will be laid to rest in Johannesburg this morning, a week after he and his girlfriend, together with another couple were attacked by 12 men in the park.

The two men were tied up and thrown into the dam where their bodies were discovered the next morning.

Kela was a teacher at Westbury Secondary School and according to media reports, his last words to his principal before he left school last week were, "viva 'maBokoBoko viva".

Kela's friend Thabo Matosa says he's heart broken.

"She's trying with the support that she's getting from the family, her friends and the social workers who visit her."

His girlfriend managed to ran away while the second man's wife was allegedly raped. No one has been arrested in connection with the crime.

Meanwhile, police are still searching for a group of at least 12 men involved in the crime.

The motive for crime is not yet known.

Meanwhile, Kensington community members held a vigil at Rhodes Park to remember the two men who drowned in the dam.

Community members from all cultures, races and religions got together at the park where they cast rose pedals into the dam.

Residents listened to poets reading and friends of the deceased performed gospel songs.

Organiser Wendy Landau said they are reclaiming their park.

"This is a turning point where we say this place is very precious to us. It's a beautiful place and we don't want it to be associated with this terrible tragedy that happened."

Security has increased since the attack, with policemen keeping a close eye on the park.

At the same time, Joburg City Parks has appealed to private security companies to consider patrolling public open spaces.

It said the police will improve their visibility and patrol parks around the city especially on weekends.

Joburg City Parks Jenny Moodley said, "We're appealing to private security companies to call us, let's look at how we can trade-off in terms of making sure your boards are visible in some of these places.

"And at the same time, ensure that our communities feel quite safe and secure while they utilise public open space."