Lindani Myeni DA police

Lindani Myeni
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[Watch] Lindani Myeni’s body arrives in SA ahead of funeral

The body of Lindani Myeni, who was shot dead by US police, has been taken to KwaZulu-Natal, ahead of his burial

Lindani Myeni DA police

Lindani Myeni
Image taken via Twitter @kzngov

It was no doubt a tough day for the family of Lindani Myeni, as his remains arrived in South Africa on Saturday morning, 1 May 2021.

Myeni’s body touched down at OR Tambo International Airport, via a British Airways flight. It is understood his remains were transported from Honolulu, Hawaii to Texas then to London’s Heathrow Airport before finally arriving on home soil.

A prayer service was held not long after the body arrived. Myeni’s wife Lindsay, sitting alongside her late husband’s family members, was visibly distraught at the proceedings.

KZN MEC slams US for Lindani Myeni’s death

Representing the KwaZulu-Natal government was Social Development MEC Nonhlanhla Khoza said the United States (US) should bury its head in shame for Lindani Myeni’s passing.

“You have just become a slaughterhouse of our black brothers,” she said.

“We are supposed to commemorate International Worker’s Day, instead we are here at Oliver Tambo International Airport to bemoan and mourn the senseless killing of our beacon of hope whose shining light has been extinguished by the brutal hands of policemen”

KZN Social Development MEC Nonhlanhla Khoza

Khoza added that Myeni’s death was a sad inditement on Americans, whose police officers continue killing unarmed black men – something which was highlighted across the globe back in 2020.

“His murder has, if anything, diminished the little hope that there will be sudden change in police attitudes after the globally reported murder of George Floyd. For our part as the provincial government and the country, we will refuse that (Lindani Myeni) becomes another statistic in the long list of black women and black men who are murdered by America, which is supposed to be the land of the free”

After the service, Myeni’s body was taken to his home province of KZN, where he will be laid to rest on Saturday, 8 May 2021.

While calls mount for justice, prosecutors in Hawaii have announced plans to launch an independent investigation into Myeni’s fatal shooting and that of a 16 year-old boy, also at the hands of Honolulu police.

“I am assigning teams of seasoned prosecutors and investigators to each separate shooting incident involving civilians. They have extensive experience both in the state system and the federal system to investigate each of these recent cases starting with the one in Nuuanu and on Kawakawa,” said prosecutor Steve Alm.