Two-week-old Jayden Khosa who died in last week’s Foreman Road protests, was laid to rest on Saturday at the eMolweni cemetery in Inanda. Members of the Abahlali base Mjondolo, a movement that speaks for shack dwellers, held a night vigil from 8pm on Friday night in memory of baby Jayden.
Baby Jayden’s cause of death is still yet to be confirmed while authorities await post-mortem results. Conflicting reports led police to conduct a fully fledged investigation into the baby’s death. Teargas inhalation, electrocution and sickness were among the causal claims. Ward councillor for the area, Hassan Haniff said, “We are still awaiting the outcome of the autopsy report however a memorial service was held on Saturday morning in Foreman Road. Later the residents from the settlement went to the cemetery to do the burial. Our condolences and deepest sympathies for the loss of your baby. May The Almighty give the family strength during this trying time.”
The movement confirmed representatives from the mayor’s office managed to visit
the settlement and see residential conditions for themselves. “They said that they were ‘devastated’ and ‘touched’ to see the appalling conditions in which people live and raise their children. The electrification of the settlement has been promised,” said Thapelo Mohapi from Abahlali. Comment from eThekwini Municipality was not forthcoming at the time of going to press. Post-mortem results are yet to be released.