Cape Town City’s number 1 fan Thando Sigcu was laid to rest on Saturday morning at his hometown in Gcuwa, in the Eastern Cape.
Sigcu, a constable who worked as an undercover policeman, was shot dead while arresting a suspect in the CBD 2 weeks ago by a member of the Cape Town Metro Police after he was mistaken for a robber.
Football fans from around Cape Town gathered at the Stock Road long distance bus & taxi rank on Friday night where they first held a prayer session and then later departed to Eastern Cape for the funeral of their late “Citizen”.
“It’s sad, very sad. Especially the way he died. Thandos was a man amongst men, a football slave, a Citizen. His blood was blue and gold, and he was here at this club before all of us but you would never notice that because he treated us all the same and with respect,” said a fellow Cape Town City fan, Mfuyo Nowatsha
The fans also went to the place of the incident where Thando Sigcu was gunned down and sang football songs and laid his football kit and “Makarapa” on the floor, a tradition and a sign of respect amongst football fans when one passes on.
“This is us. This is our life, we chose this route of supporting football. We will take the baton and move on. We are here to pay respect to our friend, our brother, our fellow football fan. We are saddened but we travelled all the way from Cape Town to Gcuwa to celebrate the life of Thandos,” said another City fan, Yandisa Mlambo.
From FARPost.co.za to the Sigcu family, know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Our deepest sympathy to you.
By Shane Matsoyane