Emotions run high at memorial service of slain FS Legislature official

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Tumi Khaeeana

Emotions were running high at the memorial service of the slain Free State Legislature official that took place at the Fourth Raadsaal in Bloemfontein today. Speaker after speaker described the late Tumi Khaeeana as a friendly person who always helped everyone.

Friends, family and colleagues pay their last respect to Khaeean. Photo Mark Steenbok
Friends, family and colleagues pay their last respect to Khaeean. Photo Mark Steenbok

The speaker of the Free State Legislature, Mamiki Qabathe, thanked the family of the 46-year-old Khaeeana for raising such a hard worker.

The speaker of the Free State Legislature, Mamiki Qabathe. Photo: Mark Steenbok
The speaker of the Free State Legislature, Mamiki Qabathe. Photo: Mark Steenbok

“Tumi has left us to be with God. We have different ways in which we leave this earth. Don’t be mad about the way he left us, but be happy that he is not in pain and that his soul is at peace,” said Qabathe.

Members of the Free State Legislature choir dressed in Grey College attire pay their respect to Khaeeana.
Members of the Free State Legislature choir dressed in Grey College attire pay their respect to Khaeeana.

Khaeeana succumbed to severe burns in hospital on Friday after burglars threw him with a paraffin heater at his Bloemanda home on 16 June. Police spokesperson, Ikobeng Hlubi, says nobody has been arrested in connection with the murder yet.

A family spokesperson, Lebohang Khaeeana, says Tumi will be buried in Thabong, Welkom at the Roman Catholic church, on Saturday.