Truck driv­ers raise over E4 000 to help ferry corpse to Eswa­tini

Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS - By Sa­belo Ma­jola

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.

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