President Emmerson Mnangagwa has granted a state-assisted funeral for slain Elvis Nyathi, a Zimbabwean who was killed in a cruel xenophobic attack by a South African vigilante group in in Diepsloot – north of Johannesburg – last week.
This was revealed in a statement Wednesday by Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Misheck Sibanda.
“His Excellency, the President, Dr ED Mnangagwa, has granted a State-assisted funeral to the late Elvis Nyathi who was slain in South Africa last week.
“The remains of the late departed are expected in the country at the weekend,” Sibanda said.
This comes as a South African based funeral services provider, Zororo-Phumulani powered by Doves, also pledged to repatriate Nyathi’s remains back to Zimbabwe free of charge.
“We are at a loss of words about what happened in Diepsloot last Wednesday, what happened to Elvis is beyond human imagination,” Zororo-Phumulani managing director Oliver Mufudze was quoted in the media as having said.
Nyathi was lynched by the mob which stormed his home while looking for foreigners.
He tried to escape but was not lucky with his assailants who tied his hands and burnt him to death.
The incident has received wide condemnation from both Zimbabwe and South Africa.