By Nkosana Dlamini
Prominent broadcast journalist, Ezra Tshisa Sibanda has led appeals among Zimbabweans to help Elvis Nyathi’s family fulfil their slain kin’s wishes of seeing his children through schooling and a home over their heads.
This followed a visit he made recently to the Nyathi family to whom he chatted on their plight.
Nyathi was killed in a brutal xenophobic attack by a South African vigilante group outside Johannesburg nearly two weeks ago.
Sibanda, a media personality who has been at pains to spotlight on the plight of millions of his compatriots who have risked lives and limb to try and eke out a living often in hostile territories thousands of kilometres from their homeland, visited Nyathi’s family to hear their plight.
Sibanda posted on his Facebook page: “This evening l visited Elvis Nyathi’s family where l had a long chat with Elvis’ wife & children in the presence of the deceased’s brother Godknows. Mrs Elvis Nyathi’s parents are deceased, she has no siblings but her children were taken care by her uncle, brother to her late father while she was living with her husband in South Africa. The children Melusi 18 wrote his Os and couldn’t get his results because school fees was not paid, Khumbulani 16 was stopped from going to School to herd cattle by the uncle, Sindisiwe 14 is now doing grade 7, delayed school because she had no school fees and Mike is in grade 6.
“The children don’t want to go back to rural areas to live with the grandfather. Their wish is to live with their mother from now on. They don’t have birth certificates. We need to help them get documents ASAP. Elvis also acquired a stand in Ntabazinduna and his wish was to build a home for his family. We just have to fulfill his wishes by building a house for his family as they start a new life without their father. I know we can get together as we did in bringing his remains from SA to Zim for burial and help this family. We also need to demand justice for Elvis, we need to organise demos, protests and approach SA Government because perpetrators are known and still walking scot free #justice4elvis”.
He was buried in Bulawayo past week.