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

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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.

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