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A mother's sad tribute

By unknown | Oct 17, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sibongile Mashaba

Sibongile Mashaba

Murdered Thato Radebe would have turned 15 years yesterday - and her mom, as she has always done on her daughter's birthday, bought her a cake.

However, this time the cake was delivered to her grave at Lenasia Cemetery in Soweto.

Thato's murder seven months ago has haunted her mother, Happy Radebe, and yesterday she returned to her grave to pray and wish her a happy birthday.

The brutal killing of the 14-year-old Grade 8 pupil sparked widespread anger in her community, which helped hunt for her killers.

Her murder had residents baying for the blood of her killers.

Still grief-stricken, Radebe bought two birthday cakes and headed for the cemetery.

She said: "I miss you and I always will."

Accompanied by five other family members and Thato's friend, Zanele Gumede, they sang a birthday song, cut the cake and saved a slice for her, which was neatly wrapped in a serviette and placed on top of her grave.

"I don't think I will ever forget what happened to my little girl. The thought of it kills me inside," said Radebe.

"This is to remember her. We always did something special for each other on our birthdays, but this time I am all alone," she added.

Five youths have been arrested in connection with her murder and will appear in court on October 30.


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