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No Tombstone for Senzo! No wonder Pirates & Bafana are Losing Everytime

SENZO’S funeral was attended by the country’s top leaders and thousands of mourning fans.
He was honoured with a provincial funeral and laid to rest alongside Nat Nakasa in Durban’s Heroes’ Acre.
His grave, a lonely heap of sand next to Nakasa’s grave, seems to highlight a sad reality.
Monday marked the anniversary of the murder of the man who was Bafana Bafana captain, number one goalkeeper for Orlando Pirates and one of South Africa’s favourite football players.
On Wednesday Daily Sun ran a story about visitors to his grave who said they were shocked to see that his grave had not been honoured with a tombstone. “I don’t understand why the ‘No immediate plans to erect tombstone’
grave of a national hero looks like that,” said one of the visitors.
Another visitor said he thought somebody would have stepped in to help Senzo’s dad, Sam Meyiwa, who said the family had no money for the ukubuyisa.
Daily Sun was told former Kaizer Chiefs star, Jimmy Tau, who owns a tombstone business, promised to donate a tombstone but nothing had come of it.
When Daily Sun contacted Jimmy, he confirmed he had offered to assist with the tombstone, but was forced to abandon the offer.
“I spoke to Orlando Pirates and they told me the family said I should not worry because eThekwini Municipality was handling the matter.
“I was willing to erect the tombstone at that time,” said Jimmy.
Thembinkosi Ngcobo, the head of Parks and Cemeteries, denied that the municipality had promised to erect a tombstone shortly after the funeral.
He said the tombstone was never part of the official funeral.
“Erection of tombstones remains the family’s responsibility and in KZN that is done after a year,” said Ngcobo.
He said although Nakasa also received a state funeral and had his tombstone erected the same day, it was a different situation.
He said Nakasa, a revolutionary Drum Magazine journalist, died 50 years ago and his funeral was a project of Arts and Culture, a national department.
Senzo’s brother, Sifiso Meyiwa, said there were no immediate plans to erect a tombstone on his brother’s grave.
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