A half-hearted lament spread across the tent as the apostle Bathanwa Kwatsha delivered an effective opening prayer at the mass funeral of 19 of the 21 young people who perished tragically at the Enyobeni Tavern in Scenery Park.
On Wednesday morning, hundreds of mourners, including officials and traditional leaders, including dignitaries, descended on the mass funeral site, which now has an open program in the area.
But inside the tent, a cloud of sorrow came down when Kwatsha prayed.
“Heal them (families), in the name of Jesus, let them mourn their children, Kusuk’umsindo, kusuk’ukuthi bendimqandile They made a mistake but we ask you, Lord, we ask you, Lord, to welcome their spirit, because everyone in here has made a mistake or the problem is when they made death. Lord, heal the families and remove the pain. “
Moments of silence turned into emotional turmoil as crying turned into moaning, almost drowning in prayer.
“Hallelujah, wena unguThixo, wena unguYehova (You are God, you are Jehovah),” shouts a black-clad woman at the back of the congregation, overwhelmed by the emotions that were almost palpable when the 19 coffins stood in front of the platform.
Wet cheeks that represent excruciating pain of having to show some of their young classmates the last respect can be seen on the faces of young students as the tears flow down.
“Please understand that, as a nation, we are hurt by what has happened,” said Eastern Cape Prime Minister Oscar Mabuyane.
“The families had hoped that one day these children would succeed… that these children would one day give their families a better life. The death of these young people deprives the government of officials. ”
Mabuyane says, as a provincial government, that they will do everything in their power to tighten the law and ensure that “something like this never happens again”.
Kwatshwa’s prayer was followed by several hymns including Hlaha, oh hlala nami! (Stay, oh stay with me), Litshonil ‘ilanga (the sun has come), Ubu-suku bufikile, Nkosi (the night is here, Lord), Mandi, mandingasali, ndingenay’ uMncedi (may I not be alone after Helper), Nd ‘yenzel’, Nd’yenzel ‘uncedo ngokuhlala nam’ (Be my helper and stay with me).
Again and again, the speeches of different speakers are thrown in with tears from mourners.
Two families will be laid to rest in a private ceremony following today’s official schedule, while the other 17 will be laid to rest between Friday and Sunday.
The funeral is now underway:
Emotions are high as 19 coffins stand in front of the podium at the mass funeral of the victims of the Enyobeni pub – SABC News
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