South Africans around the country have been glued to their televisions on Saturday morning, watching the funeral service of 19-year-old Uyinene Mrwetyana, who was tragically raped and killed on Saturday 24 August, when she went to pick up a package from the Post Office.

Thousands of mourners gathered at the Abbordford Christian Centre in East London, including Police Minister Bheki Cele. Speaking at the service, Cele shared graphic details leading to her murder, as revealed by the 42-year-old post office worker who has confessed to raping and killing Nene.

Nene’s last words were apparently “uxolo bhuti” (sorry brother).

UCT vice-chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng also announced that UCT will be establishing the Uyinene Mrwetyana Scholarship for Women to keep “the flames of Uyinene’s legacy burning” and make a stand against the crime that ended her life. “We do not want to forget who she was,” she said.

Nene’s mother said: “I’m sorry I warned you about everything except the Post Office.”

The Pastor said “South Africa, we are in the middle of war”. She called on the men and boys around the country to “arise and lead”. She prayed for them to have courage, to be able to stand up, and said “we are depending on you… and mostly on God”. Addressing all the congregation the pastor said South Africans need to look back one day and say “thank God for the women and the men in 2019”.

Don’t miss Carte Blanche on Sunday – the current affairs show will feature a segment, “Women Fight Back” about the thousands of women around the country who are mobilising and protesting against the scourge of rape and murder. Watch the show overseas from Tues | Watch in SA on Sunday on DStv Now

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Nene Obituary

President Ramaphosa visited Nene’s family in the Eastern Cape yesterday: