Northern Granites Fulfills Pledge To Elvis Nyathi's Family
Northern Granites has donated and erected a gravestone in honour of the late Elvis Nyathi who was murdered by vigilantes on 6 April 2022 in Diepsloot, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Northern Granites, a Bulawayo company that manufactures granite tombstones and offers graveyard maintenance services, pledged to donate and erect a tombstone during Nyathi’s state-assisted burial in April.
The gravestone was erected on Nyathi’s grave at Umvutsha Park Cemetery in Bulawayo in the presence of his family including his wife, Nomsa Tshuma and his uncle, Stanley Ndlovu. Lino Nyevhe, a director at Northern Granites, said:
We wanted to erect a tombstone, but the Bulawayo City Council (BCC) advised us that we had to do with a headstone because it banned tombstones.
We may apply for a waiver so that we honour our brother the right way, we do not think that the gravestone is enough.
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Elvis Nyathi is more than a resident of Bulawayo, he is a Zimbabwean who represents the struggles that our parents, brothers and sisters go through in South Africa and we believe his grave must be a symbol of the xenophobic-inspired struggles that we endure across the Limpopo River. We are all Elvis Nyathi.
As Northern Granites, we say to Elvis Nyathi’s family, be comforted in the Lord and be strong and courageous and do not be afraid, neither be you dismayed, for the Lord our God is with you always. He will never forsake you.
Nyathi (43), was brutally assaulted and set on fire at a time when thugs in Diepsloot were targeting undocumented foreign nationals who they accused of committing crimes.
The trial of seven men arrested in South Africa in connection with the murder of Nyathi is ongoing.
The seven are Cedric Raseale, Baron Mashele, Godfrey Mahlo, Thomas Serebane, Phumuduza Tshirangwana, Thabo Makgatho and Puleng Chipape.
They are facing charges of murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances, assault with intent to do bodily harm and extortion.