Funeral service for Chumani Nqakula underway

Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula's son who was stabbed to death last weekend will be laid to rest today.

Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula's son who was stabbed to death last weekend will be laid to rest today.

JOHANNESBURG - Hundreds of people have started to arrive in Bruma in Johannesburg for the funeral service of Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula's son.

Chumani Nqakula was stabbed to death last weekend in Bezuidenhout Valley allegedly by a friend.

South African dignitaries are also among those gathered today to pay their respects for the 23-year-old.

Hundreds have descended on a large marquee not far from Mapisa-Nqakula's home.

Family and friends are singing as they view the body.

Among the dignitaries are African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

Meanwhile, 24-year-old Carlos Higuera, who was arrested for allegedly committing the crime, is currently undergoing psychological evaluation after it was revealed in court this week that he suffers from schizophrenia.