- Machaka Radebe's mother and aunt, Lebohang and Eva, made emotional pleas during her funeral service in Bloemfontein on 10 December 2023
- Lebohang asked South Africa to pray with her so that the killer could be bought to book, while Eva pleaded with the nation to stop making deaths like Machaka's trend on social media
- Brigadier Motsantsi Makhele gave Briefly News an update of the case
- South Africans were pained by the young woman's funeral when her mom revealed that her daughter had wanted to become a cardiologist
Tebogo Mokwena, Briefly News's current affairs journalist, provided coverage of criminal activities and their societal implications during his four years at Daily Sun.
South Africans called for justice for Machaka Radebe after she was buried this past weekend on 10 December. Her mother, Lebohang Radebe, said that she prays that God brings the person who killed her daughter to justice. Her aunt also spoke out about social media being used as a tool to make deaths similar to her niece's viral.
Please pray with me - Lebohang Radebe
Radebe's funeral service was held at the Dr Rantlai Molemela Stadium in Bloemfontein. SABC News said it was an emotional affair as her mother revealed that Machaka wanted to be a cardiologist. Her mother also said that her daughter is in Heaven, where there is no pain or death.
She also called on South Africans to pray with her so that God may exact justice on the person who killed Machaka. Machaka was found dead two days after she went missing in Bloemfontein.
Her aunt, Eva, pleaded with people to be sensitive when someone dies and be wary of over-sharing their deaths. She remarked that it was painful for her to discover that her niece died on social media before her family informed her. She also called on Police Minister Bheki Cele, who was present, to deploy the army to protect women and children.
Free State Police update Briefly News
Brigadier Motsantsi Makhele told Briefly News how far the case was.
"There has been no progress and arrests, but the investigation is still in its critical stage," Makhele said.
Netizens cry with the Radebes
South Africans on Facebook were heartbroken.
Vee Nkosi said:
“In South Africa, we have reached a level where if one of your family members is missing, you should prepare for the funeral while searching.”
Men Fighting Against Domestic Abuse – MFADA wrote:
“The war against women and children in this country is alarming. Getting home safely is an underrated blessing for the women in this country.”
Kayla Govender was angry.
“South Africa’s justice system is failing us and the government sits with hands folded while watching innocent blood get shed.”
Matseliso Polinyane Oa Maqhai wrote:
“Children shouldn’t be burying their age-mates.”
Macahaka Radebe's friends remember her at school memorial
Her brother revealed that a man had demanded a ransom for her safety before she was killed. One of her friends remarked that the last thing she told her was that she loved her.
Source: Briefly News