Members of the Swaziland Democratic Nurses Union (SWADNU) came in their numbers to pay their last respects to one of their own, Lindokuhle Nondumiso Dolly Mlangeni (INSET), who was allegedly killed by her police officer boyfriend. The funeral was held at
Today we are faced with this situation because pastors have stopped preaching the word of God but prosperity.
The pastors are no longer preaching the true gospel; they go to national events and deceive people,” Nkomo said.
He went on to add that these lies led to the country’s hospitals running out of medication.
“Today we’re faced with this situation because pastors have failed to do their job.
Known criminals are being recruited by the police just because they’re related to powerful individuals. ( Namuhla nje sibhekene nalesimo lesibhekene naso sizatfu yini, bafundisi bahlulekile kwenta umsebenti wabo. Emaphoyiseni kucashwa bosidlani lesibatiko bafakwe emsebentini ngoba ngumusa wabani,” Nkomo said.
This statement was met by applause from the throngs who attended the vigil of the brutally murdered nurse.
Before ending his speech, Nkomo started to sing songs usually associat- ed with protest actions, which he modified and included Mlangeni’s name in them. Songs
As the songs echoed in the Mlangeni homestead, the Swaziland Democratic Nurses Union (SWADNU) President Bheki Mamba led nurses as they sang their way around the podium.
Former Limkokwing University of Creative Technology student-turned activist Sakhile Nxumalo joined the singing and dancing.
Among other songs, he sang ‘zizojiki zinto’ and nurses started doing the toyi-toyi dances, blowing whistles as
well as clapping hands. The nurses were a spectacle to watch as they captivated the mourners with their dances. Moreover, in between songs, Nxumalo led nurses as they recited protest slogans such as ‘ amandla, ngowethu’, ‘phansi ngebabulali phansi’, ‘ viva SWADNU viva’, ‘ awuboshwe lomdlwembe awuboshwe’, ‘ phansi ngekubulala bonurse phansi’ as well as the ‘ hhay hhay songs’ could be heard metres away. Other songs include ‘ Lindo aw’lalanga uguce ngamadolo’ as well as ‘ noma besidubula siyaya’. The programme director f or t he night was Lawyer Wandile Viwa Ngcamphalala, who said there was nothing wrong with nurses singing songs of protest in such a service. On the other hand, activist Nxumalo, during the testimonial period, stunned mourn- ers when he undertook to stand before them wearing a beret. Of note, the Swazi culture dictates that men cannot stand before others wearing a hat inside a house or in church. Noting the disgruntlement, Nxumalo said he was aware that some people were surprised to see him wearing his beret. Clarified He quickly clarified that the beret was going nowhere and he would continue praising God wearing it, as it was his spirit worshipping God not the beret. Nxumalo is not new to controversy, as late last year during his graduation, he tried to graduate putting on his beret; however, his move was halted by LUCT management who talked him out of the idea. Of note, most speakers who were allowed to make remarks during the morning service, which started 04:30am led by Pastor Calvin Dlamini, repeated things they mentioned during the decease’s memorial service on Friday. At 04: 35, t he Master of Ceremony asked the man of the cloth to go and pray inside the mourning house where the casket was kept. At around 04: 47am, the deceased casket was brought in the tent. Thereafter, speakers took turns making remarks. At 06:13am, nurses carried the casket of the deceased into the funeral parlour’s vehicle and it was taken to the area’s graveyard, where the nurse was laid to rest. As her casket was being lowered, some relatives, friends and Mlangeni’s colleagues failed to contain their emotions and burst into tears.
Some of the men of the cloth who shared the word of God during the service. From left: Bongani Ndzimandze, Dumisa Dlamini, Elijah Z Vilakati, Johny Dlamini, Arch Bishop M.N Mahlindza and Arch-Bishop Jeremiah Nkambule.