Help family of murdered security guard lay him to rest

A few days ago EWN reported on the horrific murder of a security guard Ernest Kanzi at a Mitchells Plain school in Cape Town.

35-year-old Ernest had come from the Eastern Cape to make a living to support his family. He found work as a security guard, hired by the School Governing Body at Woodlands Primary School.

On Sunday he was stabbed to death on the school premises.

He had only been working at the school for a few weeks when he was killed.

Ernest's family are now at their wit's end because they do not know how to get his body back home. His family in the Eastern Cape do not have the money to get his body home.

Pippa Hudson speaks to Ernest Kanzi's sister-in-law, Nikelwa Tshonepi. Nikelwa's employer and friend, Mark Van Wijk, also talks about the fundraising effort.

He was enjoying his work and loving it so much.

Nikelwa Tshonepi, Ernest Kanzi's sister in law.

She says Ernest's mother is devastated.

She confirms the crime was caught on camera but police are still investigating.

The mortuary fees and transport back to the Eastern Cape alone is R12 000, she says.

In our culture, we cannot be buried in the city. We have to take him back to the Eastern Cape.

Nikelwa Tshonepi, Ernest Kanzi's sister-in-law.

Nikelwa's employer of 15 years, Mark Van Wijk, describes the murder as shocking and says Nikelwe arrived at work on Monday absolutely devastated. He says Ernest, unfortunately, had no funeral insurance.

So the family then has this huge financial stress as well.

Mark Van Wijk, Nikelwa's employer

Ernest's body needs to be transported soon.

It's not something you can take your time with.

Mark Van Wijk, Nikelwa's employer

Mark appeals to individuals and corporates to make a donation.

I really believe that the larger part of the community in Cape Town and South Africa are really, really good people, and this sum of money can be easily dealt with by a lot of people who feel and sympathise with this family, to just make a donation.

Mark Van Wijk, Nikelwa's employer

Please contact CapeTalk Breakfast Show producer to make a donation: Bruce@CapeTalk.co.za or SMS 31567, WhatsApp CapeTalk 072 567 1567.

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