Relatives reportedly fought at the MDC-T Nkulumane late MP Thamsanqa Mahlangu’s funeral as the preparation for his burial on Saturday was going on leading to the hearse carrying the deceased speeding off from the scene.

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The developments reportedly delayed the process of his burial from 9:30am to later than 12pm.

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A commentator and journalist who saw the running battles, Methuseli Moyo said it was a really spectacle.

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“I have just witnessed a sad spectacle. A hearse carrying the body of the late Nkulumane MP Thamsanqa Mahlangu sped off from the funeral wake, apparently after rival family camps scuffled over proceedings,” Moyo said.

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“I was at the a place known as “L Street” in Luveve in Bulawayo, about 200 metres from the house where mourners were gathered, when I saw people suddenly stampeding, and the hearse emerged from the melee flashing hazard lights at take-off speed.” Moyo said it slowed down when it had moved off the “war zone”.

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“Several other vehicles also took off following the Nyaradzo Funeral Services hearse, towards the main Luveve Road. A woman clared in all-black, the only passenger in the hearse, who I believed was Mahlangu’s widow, shouted “bafana ukukwatula ibokisi” (they want to break the coffin) as the hearse made its way past where I was. The hearse sped towards the city direction, with other vehicles in tow,” he said. “Ndimi makauraya, hazvinamhosva” (it is you who killed (Mahlangu). No problem), sang a group of MDC-T activists at the back of an open truck, while a group in another vehicle sang “iNkulumane iyabhonga” (Nkulumane rules), apparently celebrating that they had won the battle over Mahlangu’s corpse.”

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According media reports, Mahlangu’s relatives from Luveve where he grew up are locked in a wrangle with his “other family” from Nkulumane, consisting of his mother and step father, over control of burial proceedings.

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“It looked all set for the funeral, with three buses and several vehicles waiting to transport mourners to the cemetery when I passed by the place earlier on in the morning. The situation appeared tense as political activists could e heard from a distance singing provocative songs,” Moyo said.

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“It was not clear if the hearse was speeding towards the cemetery or to Nkulumane, as demanded by some activists. It was a sad spectacle if you ask me. – Bulawayo 24

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