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'My boy - killed at school'

By unknown | Feb 09, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Riot Hlatshwayo

Riot Hlatshwayo

Thousands of mourners paid their last respects to Sedi Khoza, a 17-year-old Grade 11 student at Manukose High School.

Khoza was shot dead when police allegedly stormed his classroom on January 29 with guns blazing.

The funeral took place at the Khoza's home at Merry People Stream near Thulamahashe in Mpumalanga on Saturday.

His father, Joseph Khoza, told mourners that the family was finding it difficult to come to terms with what happened.

"We are still traumatised by the situation," said Khoza.

"We find it hard to accept that a policeman fired a shot that killed our son right inside a school - an environment meant to groom him for a better future."

The student was shot dead at about 8am when policemen from the Mhala police station allegedly stormed his classroom .

Students are said to have jumped out of windows when a policeman allegedly fired a shot from a service pistol.

The bullet allegedly hit the wall before ricocheting and hitting Khoza in the face, killing him.

The ANC and the Mpumalanga education department helped with the funeral costs. The Bushbuckridge municipality, through its executive mayor, have also pledged R30000 towards costs.

High-profile politicians, including the ANC's Mpumalanga treasurer Clifford Mkansi, education officials, pupils and teachers, chiefs and members of the business community attended.

Inspector Kringer Jimmy Kubayi, 47, appeared before the Mhala magistrate's court last Tuesday in connection with the murder.

He was released on a warning pending his next court appearance on March 16.

Kubayi has not been suspended by provincial police management despite having been charged with murder.


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