Anger as Palesa Madiba is laid to rest

Palesa Madiba’s family says her death highlights that violence against women is still rife.

Palesa Madibas family and friends, who have gathered at the University of Johannesburg’s Soweto campus for her funeral service on 9 January 2016. Picture: Emily Corke/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Palesa Madiba's family and friends say her death is a loss to the South African community at large as it shows that violence against women is still rife.

Madiba was finally laid to rest at a funeral service held at the University of Johannesburg's Soweto campus on Saturday.

She went missing in August 2013 only to be found in a shallow grave last month in Phiri.

A common message and tribute to Madiba was anger that another woman with a bright future has been lost to crime.

Speaking on behalf of Madiba's mother Portia Makhathini says she never thought she would lose her daughter when she allowed her to visit a friend.

"Hopefully we are in the process of getting closure."

Higher Education Deputy Director General Diane Parker says Madiba is one of too many women attacked in the country.

"We urge the law enforcement agencies to spare no effort in thoroughly investigating and bringing this matter to a satisfactory conclusion."

Madiba's family says a community is in shock because it could have been any South African woman visiting a friend.