“She was a warrior. She was a wild woman. She wouldn’t want us to sit here and be sad. Let’s pick up Hillary’s spear and move on.”
Those were the words of EFF President Veronica Mente as she chaired the funeral program for Hillary Gardee on Saturday.
“We have to be strong and stay confident that we will win this fight against gender-based violence,” she told mourners who said goodbye to the murdered 28-year-old daughter of former EFF General Secretary Godrich Gardee.
The Die Burial took place at the church on the hill in Kamagugu outside Mbombela, not far from the house Godrich bought for 28-year-old Gardee and her brother Noble.
Gardee’s body was buried on Tuesday found in a field outside Mbombela four days after she went missing. She had been murdered. A 39-year-old man arrested on Friday in connection with the murder is due to appear in Nelspruit Magistrates’ Court on Monday.
Greeting guests at the funeral, a family member said less than four years ago They are at the same location for the funeral of Hillary’s mother, Nnenna Chinyere née Amonyeze.
“Never in our wildest dreams did we ever imagine that we would be here for our daughter’s funeral so soon. she said.
Church member Norah Fakude said that most members of the congregation there are elderly. “We saw her as our grandchild. She and her brother Noble were all-rounders in the church. They have prepared everything for us,” she said.
Fakude also shared how Gardee encouraged her to buy a tablet and stop using paper to prepare her sermons. “She made me buy the tablet and patiently taught me how to use it, too,” she said.
Gardee also taught children in the church’s Sunday School. “She saw that there was no teacher and just took over,” Fakude said, adding that young people in the church elected Gardee as their president.
“That’s a title den never existed, but they created it for you.”
Fakude said she appreciated seeing ANC members at Gardee’s home this week and said Gardee’s murder has upset the country She told Police Minister Bheki Cele she was delighted with the arrest.
“We expected that, not because it’s Hillary, but because things are getting out of hand in the country.”
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