Mashonisa, wife and kids laid to rest! TEARS rolled down mourners’ cheeks as gospel artist Oupa Dennis performed at the murdered Fakude family’s funeral at Casteel sports ground outside Acornhoek near Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga on Sunday, 20 March.
Well-known mashonisa Johnson Fakude (58), the owner of Fakude Cash Loans, his wife Gift Matsane (50) and their daughters Princess (11) and Priscilla (8) were gunned down at their home by two unknown suspects on 8 March at about 7pm.
Speaker after speaker expressed sorrow over the gruesome murders. The funeral was attended by Bushbuckridge Mayor Sylvia Nxumalo, members of different churches and businesspeople, as well as members of the ANC and
ANC Women’s League.
Fakude’s uncle Khetizwe Fakude (68) warned the killers: “This is your last chance, I am warning you to avail
yourselves before 12pm today.”
Gift’s cousin Shalden Nyalungu (63) said: “This is traumatic. We used to see such horrible things on TV happening far away. Our justice system and police service must do their work, so we can find closure.”
Family friend Shirley Ngwenyama (62) said: “Why are police still dragging their feet? Don’t be cowards, stand
up, do your job without fear or favour. This is enough.”
Bushbuckridge Business Crime Watch led by Charlie Malamule said: “We are deeply saddened by this senseless bloodbath of one our brave members and his family. Our justice system is failing us.
“We are also calling to you, residents, to stop harbouring criminals in your houses in return for money or
groceries. We will leave no stone unturned until their killers are brought to book.”
St George School teacher Kenneth Mokoena, joined by fellow teachers and pupils, also delivered a send-off
song for Priscilla and Princess.
“They were dedicated. We miss them so much. May their departed, beautiful souls
rest in everlasting peace,” he said.
The mayor said: “We were shattered after receiving the sad news. We strongly condemn the brutal killings.
Police must find and arrest those killers, so both families and Bushbuckridge residents can find closure.”