Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga


MDC legislator and staunch women rights defender Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga allegedly teamed up with her sister to assault her late brother’s wife during a body viewing ceremony at a funeral parlour in Bulawayo.

Bulawayo police spokesperson Superintendent Mandlenkosi Moyo confirmed the incident.

“We have received a case of assault involving the MP and the matter is under investigation,” said Supt Moyo.

Witnesses said Misihairabwi-Mushonga and her sister, Sindisiwe Nkiwane, beat up Irene Matekenya (26) during the body viewing of her late husband, Privilege Matekenya (29), on Friday.

Family members said Privilege committed suicide by throwing himself in front of a train in Mahatshula suburb on Sunday last week.

A family source told our Bulawayo Bureau that Irene and Privilege had separated at the time of his death.

The source said Misihairabwi-Mushonga’s family had barred Irene and her relatives from attending the funeral.

A relative who was at the funeral said Irene viewed her husband’s body and collapsed.

“Sindisiwe seemed angered and went on to kick and slap her accusing her of shedding crocodile tears,” said the source.

The relative said Privilege had tried to kill himself at least three times before, leading to his separation with Irene.

According to the police report, Misihairabwi-Mushonga followed Irene outside and shoved her while she tried to snatch her four-year-old son from her arms.

Irene was whisked away by friends in a kombi while Misihairabwi-Mushonga continued shouting at her, the report read.

Irene declined to speak to the Press yesterday.

“Go to whoever told you the story,” she said before hanging up.

Misihairabwi-Mushonga confirmed Irene reported her for assault at Bulawayo Central Police Station.

“She lied to the police because I never laid a hand on her,” said Misihairabwi-Mushonga.

She said she was told there was a scuffle involving her sister, Irene and her brother during body viewing.

“It was actually her brother who kicked her after she kicked Sindisiwe,” she said. The legislator said she had intervened outside the parlour when she advised Irene and her family to go away as tempers were flaring. She said they had actually advised Irene and her family to stay away because some relatives were angry following Privilege’s suicide.

“Some relatives think he killed himself because Irene ditched him. I’m told she told him in front of my other sisters that she was going out with someone else and was no longer interested in him, hours before his death,” said Misihairabwi-Mushonga.

She denied shoving Irene or trying to take her son from her.

Misihairabwi-Mushonga said there was someone filming the funeral and the truth would come out when the video becomes available.

“Unless I had lost it and gone mad, I would never do such a thing. I know the laws of this country. That would be the last thing I would do or wish to happen to someone because I’m also a victim of a similar issue,” she said.

Meanwhile, Supt Moyo has discouraged members of the public from resorting to violence to resolve disputes.

He said people should seek counselling or mediation from elders, the police or religious organisations to reach amicable solutions to misunderstandings.

Source:The Herald



A grieving Westcliff family watched in horror when their loved one’s body fell out of the coffin during funeral proceedings in full view of the distraught family and mourners.

While the family blames poor workmanship for the incident, and also accuse the undertakers of being rude and inconsiderate, Pinetown Funeral Services deny all allegations against them.

According to Mercia Behm, sister-in-law of 27-year-old Clinton Pillay, who passed on after a short illness, had not been treated with dignity after his body fell out of the coffin.
The coffin that the deceased fell out off.

The coffin that the deceased fell out off.

“This was the first close death in our family. When the hearse stopped on top of our driveway, the undertakers took the coffin out of the hearse. When they tried to put the coffin onto the stand, the bottom of the coffin broke and Clinton’s body fell out and hit the floor, making a huge noise. We were shocked and distraught. We believe that poor workmanship by the Pinetown Funeral Services was the reason for the coffin breaking. We would have appreciated an apology and empathy following the body falling out since this was very traumatic for us to witness, however, the undertakers said that they would put the body on the stand and cover it with the shell of the coffin and that we should continue with the funeral. My brother-in-law’s and husband were very angry and argued with the undertakers, telling them that they cannot do that,” she said.

“We told the undertakers to take my brother’s body back to their workshop and bring him back in another coffin that was strong enough to hold his weight. They then told us that we would have to pay an additional R5, 000 for another coffin. We were shocked that my brother’s body was lying on the ground and all they could talk about was money. When we arrived at the undertakers workshop, we were told by one of the undertakers that buying a coffin is like buying a new car, if we buy it today, it can break tomorrow. The members of the Pinetown Funeral Services have no respect or dignity for the dead and the grieving family,” said Megan Pillay, brother of the deceased.

“What shocked me about the incident was the undertakers drilling nails and screws into my brother’s coffin while he was inside. They showed no respect for the dead. When we threatened to close down their business then they agreed to give us another coffin at no cost,” said another brother of the deceased, Nolan Pillay.

Aged and ill parents of the deceased, Collin and Mallie Pillay, were left traumatised and shocked after they witnessed their son’s body fall out of the coffin and onto their driveway. “Our son passed on after being sick for a short while, which was a shock to us. We are already battling to come to terms with his untimely death. Seeing him being treated in an undignified way hurt us deeply and we cannot believe the way Pinetown Funeral Services management conducted themselves on the day of my son’s funeral,” said the distraught parents.

Manager of Pinetown Funeral Services, Christopher Moodley, denied all allegations by the family. “We apologised for the incident and compensated the family with a new larger casket. We were not rude in any way to the mourning family. We did not charge the family any additional fee for the second coffin.”



If tears could build a stairway
and thoughts a memory lane
I’d walk right up to heaven
and bring you home again.

No Farewell words were spoken
No time to say good-bye
You were gone before I knew it
And only God knows why.

My heart’s still active in sadness
And secret tears still flow
What it meant to lose you
No one can ever know.

But now I know you want us
To mourn for you no more
To remember all the happy times
Life still has much in store.

Since you’ll never be forgotten
I pledge to you today
A hallowed place within my heart
Is where you’ll always stay.


1.You have some beautiful poem here.. brings tears to my eyes.. this sept will be 7 years of the loss of my baby son.. he was 32 years old..

2.Such a nice sweet poem. Made me feel very sad.

3.I could not have expressed myself better. This poem says it all, and the hardest part for a mother is never having been able to say goodbye.

4.The first stanza says it better than i ever could. My tears my thoughts and never having the chance to say goodbye have been the hardest parts to endure. Today is Mothers Day as well as my mothers birthday. Thanks for giving me a way to express what i am truly feeling today. i did not have the words. Thanks!

5. So so sad !!!brings tears to my eyes.

6.The poem expresses my pain it brought my hidden tears out of my eyes bcoz i lost my beloved husband 5 months back who was just 30 yrs.

7.Jerry…! I really miss you…(words r really touched my heart)

8.I just read this poem and it touched my heart so much.. I lost my 22 month daughter June 20,2009 and it seems like it isn’t getting any easier… I love you baby girl and I will see you when I get there…

9.This poem is very sad! If only tears and thoughts would bring you back… Both of you would have been back! To my beloved Uncle and Cousin I miss you both and someday we will all meet again…

10.O God do I ever miss Betty, love you so much. some day will see you again, you can count on it. Love you Betty,

11.This poem expresses my pain about loosing Michael Jackson…Can`t wait to really meet him in Heaven cuz I miss him sooo much. May your soul rest in peace, darling Michael!

12.I have the first part of this poem tattooed on the inside of my arm in memory of my nana….. Sums things up well

13.I have the first 2 clauses on little stones at the graves of my beloved dogs and horse. I think is speaks volumes for all the losses of those we loved.

14.Christopher, I love you so very, very much and I miss you more with each passing second. Why you were taken at such a young age, only God knows. It has only been 2 months, and it seems like forever. We’ll be together again someday, with all of my love, Aunt Carol If Tears Could Build A Stairway

15.My friend Steven passed away in May. This poem was everywhere at his Wake and Funeral. I enjoy this poem so much. 🙂

16.My dad passed away and this was the poem at the funeral. It basically sums up my feelings. He will never be forgotten.

17.i have this poem on my dad grave stone it means the exact way i feel thank you

18.On October 28th, 2010 my mother attended a funeral being held for the daughter of a close friend. When she returned home with the program I noticed that “If Tears Could Build A Stairway” was on the back. As I read it, the words touched me so profoundly that I felt compelled to write a song based (in part) on its wording. After re-reading the poem, I sat down with my guitar and completed the song.What I didn’t know it at the time was that my own father’s death was 0nly two weeks away. When I played “If Tears Could Build A Stairway” at my father’s funeral, there wasn’t a dry eye in the auditorium.I’ll be forever grateful to whomever wrote the poem. grandpa loved this poem and he always will… he has passed but still feels like he is with us

20.I really would like to know if I could use this for the home page of my website dedicated to my family that has passed away. It is not a commercial site, just for our family

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