Hundreds of attendants came out in numbers to pay their last respect to the fallen star, Sibusiso Khwinana at the AFM Rooftop Restoration Centre in Soshanguve Block K. Sibusiso died on Friday night 1 March, after he was stabbed during a tussle with the criminals who robbed him off his cell phone, outside Sterland. The incident left the nation mourning as the star had recently starred in one of the praised movies released mid-January, Matwetwe.

On the 7 March a memorial service was held at AFM Rooftop Restoration Centre where Gauteng Premier, David Makhura visited the family to reassure them that the police would do everything in their power to bring the perpetrators to justice. Those close to Sbu described him as one of the hard working and down to earth artists and spoke of the great loss the nation had encountered. Director Kagiso Lediga of Matwetwe said Sibusiso was without doubt the best actor he had ever worked with.

The fallen soldier was just 25 years old and had a very promising future  ahead of him. During the Memorial Service held on Thursday 7 March the Khwinana family pleaded with those who were responsible for this crime to come forward so they could get closure. Police Minister Bheki Cele confirmed during the Memorial that those responsible for the crime had been identified, and arrests were imminent.

The Funeral was a heartfelt occasion as mourners came from all walks of life, sharing their memories concerning the fallen soldier and the impact he’s had in their lives. The Gauteng Premier came further said to honour the memory of Sibusiso Art should be treated with the same nobility as Maths and Science, and further promised to meet with artists in a couple of weeks to discuss the way forward.

Police minister Bheki Cele announced on Saturday during Khwinana’s funeral at the AFM Hilltop Restoration Centre in Soshanguve that a suspect had been arrested and was expected to appear in court on Monday. “We are still on the chase for the other two but we will find them, the one we arrested will appear in court on Monday and he must tell us everything” he said.

Sibusiso Khwinana was laid to his final resting place on Saturday at Zandfontein cemetery in Pretoria.

By: Dave Balo.

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