Truck drivers raise over E4 000 to help ferry corpse to Eswatini
IN a bid to help transport a corpse of one of their own, local truck drivers based in South Africa have mobilised over E4 000 amongst themselves for Zweli Gamedze to be laid to rest at Mpolonjeni.
He died tragically after being thrown under a moving truck in South Africa.
Being an orphan who lost both his parents and only survived by his grandparents, funds to ferry his body from the neighbouring country to Eswatini proved a huge problem for his grandparents.
Bigboy Magagula, one of the local truck drivers in SA said they were also doing amends to help the situation by contributing financially even though they had not gathered much thus far but they were hopeful that the money would be enough to cover the costs.
“We have raised a sum amounting to over E4 000 thus far and contributions are still trickling in. One of us will take the money to his family in Eswatini today and arrangements to have the deceased’s body ferried home are ongoing. We are hopeful that his funeral will be held this coming weekend,” he said.
Gamedze has spent over a week in South after his death on September 29. The deceased’s grandmother, Gogo
Mkhonta said the corpse was still in South Africa at Hillbrow mortuary and the family was still trying to arrange transportation to the country with financial constraints deferring them. The company he worked for allegedly gave the family only E7 000, which was the deceased’s monthly salary yet the cost of ferrying a corpse is reportedly E8 000.