WHILE people gathered on Saturday to pay their last respects to a taxi boss, armed men stood guard at the doors of the community hall.
The funeral service for Bonginkosi Mnguni (35) took place in Thokoza, Ekurhuleni.
He and six other taximen were attacked while at their favourite chilling spot in Sontonga Road in Katlehong, Ekurhuleni, on 19 October.
Three of them were shot dead while the other four are in hospital.
Speaker after speaker said Bonginkosi was a person with a good sense of humour and loved helping others.
Lucky Mokone of the Katlehong People’s Taxi Association said this tragedy might send a message that there was conflict within the association.
“There’s no such thing and we also have good working relations with other associations,” he said.
“We’ve lost young men who grew up in the association. We are shattered. We are searching for answers but we can’t speculate,” said Mokone.
He said they would meet other organisations to look for ways to deal with the situation.
A relative read a heartbreaking letter written by Bonginkosi’s wife, Duduzile.
She wrote about their twin sons, Luyanda and Lwethu, and the seaside holiday they were about to go on.
“How will I tell the ninjas that Daddy is no more. How will I tell them we are not going to Durban with Daddy,” she wrote.
Bonginkosi’s best friend Sizwe Mgiba, said: “He was a dedicated family man and a very good friend.
“I will miss him a lot, especially the jokes we shared together,” said Sizwe.
Bonginkosi was laid to rest at Kromvlei Cemetery in Brackendowns, Ekurhuleni.