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Zimbabwe Grants Slain Elvis Nyathi State-Assisted Funeral

Relatives of the late Elvis Nyathi who was killed in Diepslootsay they are preparing for his burial in Zimbabwe. (Photo: Thuso Khumalo)

Zimbabwe has granted Elvis Nyathi a state-assisted funeral amid fears of escalating tensions in South Africa where some locals are demanding the deportation of all undocumented foreigners they claim are committing serious crimes and grabbing most jobs in the country.

In a statement, Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Misheck Sibanda, said, “The remains of the late departed are expected in the country at the weekend.”

Sibanda could not give details of the funeral package with indications that the government would provide a casket for the burial of the slain immigrant, transport and food.

Nyathi was attacked by a vigilante group, which was looking for suspected criminals in Johannesburg’s Diepsloot township last week.

His assailants set him on fire with gasoline and vehicle tyres.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has condemned the killing of the Zimbabwean and general violence targeted at foreigners.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe’s representatives based in Johannesburg say some Zimbabweans have died in devastating floods that hit KwaZulu Natal and Durban.

According to the state-controlled Herald newspaper, at least four Zimbabweans have reportedly died in the floods that have killed almost 300 people.