A memorial service has been held for Taxify driver, Siyabonga Ngcobo who was killed in Pretoria.  Family, friends, students and colleagues attended the service at the Tshwane University of Technology main campus.

Ngcobo’s death left many reeling after his charred remains were found in his incinerated vehicle last Friday morning. The death of Siyabonga left the family devastated.

He had only worked for two days as a Taxify driver before tragedy struck. “He was more like a younger brother, we spoke about everything, we did everything together,” said uncle Mlungisi Mbonambi.

The young man died gruesomely after being stuffed in the boot of his car which was later set alight. His attackers have not been arrested

“ I’m not sure if in the audience there is a member of SAPS because I would like to hear a word from them on how they are protecting the rest of us that are left behind,” said Taxify Driver Kheto Dlamini.

MEC for Transport Sheila Senkubuge says; “We are working with SAPS to make sure that arrests are made – it cannot be that people murder people and then continue to walk the streets like nothing happened.”

To those who have studied with him say he was an optimist and a hard worker. “I’m going to miss you my friend. Everything we did together, even from sharing a meal together. The last meal we had together was burgers. Siya loved burgers,” said friend and classmate, Simon Mathe.

Lecturer Dr Elizma Wannenburg said; “Siyabonga – your name suits you perfectly. We are grateful and we thank you being part of this family at TUT, it has been an honour a privilege to have you as a student.”

Results of his DNA tests have not been finalised as his body was burnt beyond recognition. He will be laid to rest in KwaZulu-Natal next Sunday. Click below for more on the story: