Friends and family gather for the unveiling of Collins Khosa’s tombstone

Everson Luhanga

Family, friends and relatives gathered at Mawa block 12 in Tzaneen, Limpopo for the unveiling of Collins Khosa’s tombstone on Friday morning.

Khosa’s brother-in-law, Thabiso Muvhango, told Scrolla.Africa that the ceremony was attended by about 25 close family members, friends and relatives.

He said the ceremony was very emotional as many of the relatives who came could not attend the funeral last year because of Covid-19 restrictions.

“It’s very emotional for some of the family members, seeing for the first time where Collins is sleeping. We are still shattered,” said Thabiso.

Collins’ niece Venecia Khosa read the epitaph: “No last word. No last greeting. But in heaven we shall meet again. May your soul rest in peace. From your lovely family.”

Before the unveiling on Friday, Collins’s family gathered on Thursday evening in a cultural ceremony that will see the observing of the mourning period over again. 

“The ceremony released everyone, especially Nomsa from the restrictions put in place since the incident happened last year as part of mourning Collins,” said Thabiso.

Khosa was beaten and killed allegedly by soldiers patrolling Alexandra a year ago.

This week Scrolla.Africa published a recording of the fateful day last year on the eve of Good Friday.

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