1000 goodbyes for historian

Dave (David)Rattray, the internationally celebrated KZN public speaker and story teller drove all the way from Natal to tell the Battle Of Isandlwana which was very thrilling. Pic. Muntu Vilakazi. Circa 2004. © Sunday Times.

FM. 2/2/07. PG 65. David Rattray.
Dave (David)Rattray, the internationally celebrated KZN public speaker and story teller drove all the way from Natal to tell the Battle Of Isandlwana which was very thrilling. Pic. Muntu Vilakazi. Circa 2004. © Sunday Times. FM. 2/2/07. PG 65. David Rattray.

A thousand people are expected to attend the funeral of legendary historian David Rattray, at one of the country's top schools in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands on Thursday.

A thousand people are expected to attend the funeral of legendary historian David Rattray, at one of the country's top schools in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands on Thursday.

The chaplain of Michaelhouse College, Alan Snedley, said yesterday that the school's chapel could seat 500 people.

"Screens will be erected outside for more people to be able to watch the service," he said.

Snedley, who was also a friend of Rattray's, is scheduled to conduct the service.

Rattray, an Anglo-Zulu War expert, was gunned down in an attack at his home in the Battlefields area on Friday.

He had been instrumental in putting the area on the international tourism map.

"David spoke a lot at the school. He was amazing the way he could have the attention of 500 school kids," Snedley said.

"That was an indication of his brilliance."

Police meanwhile said yesterday that they had no progress to report in their investigation into Rattray's murder.

A spokesman yesterday said that National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi had been shocked and saddened by the "senseless" murder. - Sapa

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