Sat. Apr 20th, 2019

In photos: Memorial service for Kulani Mathebula held at Mondeor High

MEC of Education in Gauteng, Panyaza Lesufi, attended the memorial service of Khulani Mathebula at Mondeor High on 15 March 2019.

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Gauteng Department of Education’s Spokesperson, Steve Mabona, was in attendance as well and shared photos of the event on Twitter. He quoted Panyaza as saying:

“Mathebula Family, entire Country and the education fraternity is with you during this difficult time. No words will be enough to comfort you; we are sorry.”

Kulani Mathebula was brutally stabbed to death on Wednesday 13 March while walking to Mondeor High. He was declared dead at the scene.

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“Gone too soon. We bid farewell at the memorial Service for Kulani Mathebula, heartfelt condolences to his family.” / Image via Twitter: @EducationGP

As reported by Nonkululeko Njilo from Sowetan Live, Mathebula “loved art and photography and was a great cook.” Learners and members from the community gathered at the school hall to pay tribute Mathebula.

The packed hall was decorated with flowers and signs reading ‘Justice for Kulani’ were plastered to the stage.

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“Gone too soon. We bid farewell at the memorial Service for Kulani Mathebula, heartfelt condolences to his family.” / Image via Twitter: @EducationGP

Pastor Elizabeth Khosi described Mathebula as a “humble boy” and said his death had not been vain: “God took Kulani’s life to put an end to the killings.” She reprimanded the students:

“School children you need to heal from anger, rebelliousness and bitterness. You need forgiveness and to seek God for a fresh start.”

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“Gone too soon. We bid farewell at the memorial Service for Kulani Mathebula, heartfelt condolences to his family.” / Image via Twitter: @EducationGP

Three suspects in custody

A 13-year-old student was found in possession of a knife and is believed to be connected to Mathebula’s murder. As reported by The Star, two more suspects, both aged 15, were arrested on Thursday.

The 13-year-old suspect appeared in court on 14 March, but the case was postponed until 15 March. The three teenagers are expected to appear in court on Friday, following an assessment by a probation officer.

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“We are now at Mondeor High to bid farewell to Kulani Mathebula,” – Panyaza Lesufi. / Image via Twitter: @Lesufi

According to Legal SA, juvenile offenders fall into three categories:

  • Suspects under the age of ten are not criminally liable.
  • Suspects aged ten to 14 are presumed not criminally liable unless proven otherwise
  • Suspects aged 14 to 18 are criminally liable and can be prosecuted in normal courts
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Image via Twitter: @Steve_Mabona.
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Image via Twitter: @Steve_Mabona.

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