Finally Celiwe is laid to rest
MANZINI – The girl who remained unburied for three weeks in the hope that she would resurrect has finally been buried.
Celiwe Dlamini, a 16-year-old former pupil of Ngwane Park High School was laid to rest at the Manzini Cemetary on Wednesday.
This was after her family accepted that she was dead, a few days after she was prayed for by a pastor who is said to have come from Botswana.
People close to the matter who however spoke on condition of anonymity said Celiwe’s corpse was taken away from the house in which it was kept at Dvudvusini on Wednesday morning.
"On the Tuesday preceding the burial some women from Mbabane arrived in the company of a pastor they said was from Botswana. The pastor prayed for Celiwe and said he was requesting for the release of her spirit to a resting place," said the relative.
The belief is that Celiwe’s spirit was roaming around hence the endless prayer sessions that were aimed at either returning her spirit to her motionless body or taking it to its resting place.
In this case it was said that the spirit did not return to her body so that she would be resurrected but instead it went to the resting place, finally rendering her dead and ready for burial.
The relative said there was no night vigil but there was a short prayer after the funeral at the parental home of the deceased’s mother.
Edvudvusini Indvuna Mablom Mabuza said he was not aware that the girl had been buried.
He said, "I have not received any information to that effect. The last time I checked she was still kept there."
Robert Thwala, the Indvuna of Mzimnene said he had also not been notified about any funeral taking place in the area last week.
Celiwe passed away about four weeks ago after battling with a short illness. She is said to have first complained of a headache and pain on her body.
She was then rushed to Raleigh Fitkin Memorial Hospital where she was admitted but succumbed to death a day later.
She was certified dead at the hospital and was taken to Dups Funeral Home.
Her body was at the funeral home for about four days before the family went to collect the body as they wanted to fulfil a certain prophecy.
They are said to have made it clear that their intention was not to bury the child.
They were given the body and told that they could return it should they deem necessary.
According to Bucopho Austin Dlamini, in a previous interview, the family requested that Celiwe’s remains be released to them after congregants from a newly established church by the family, said they had had a vision that she was alive.
The newly found church operates under the name ‘Life Living Waters Ministry’.
They believed she could be brought back to life through prayer, something that was supposed to have been done a week ago but was not carried out.
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