John Kalafatis Buried

Staff Writer
John Kalafatis, a 32 year old of Extension 12 in Gaborone, who was gunned down by security officers was laid to rest on Saturday morning.

On Saturday, family members, friends, politicians and sympathisers gathered at the family's home for a memorial service to bid the late Kalafatis farewell.

The funeral ceremony was marked by sombre mourning faces. From 8am the Kalafatis family home was packed with family members who could not hide their disbelief as they showered in tears of grief.

From the family home, the deceased's corpse, in a white casket, was taken to St Bernadette Catholic Church for a brief service.

The elderly Bishop of the Greek Orthodox Church, Jacobus Van Der Riet, bid the deceased farewell. The bishop read the book of John from the Bible before wrapping up with a prayer.

The church service had few speeches except some remarks of condolences from a man who described himself as John's uncle.

He said that his nephew John, who had a very short life, confided in him once that there was need for a men to build his house on a rock.

He said that he knew his nephew as a

soft spoken and humble person.

He called on the deceased's family to turn to God to overcome their grief.

"In time of grief the lord will comfort and dry tears, heal your hearts as long as you believe in him," said the elderly Kalafatis.

The uncle also pleaded with the family to forgive Kalafatis's killers

"Let us forgive them because our Lord has forgiven them," he said this before the corpse was ferried from St Bernadette Cathedral buildings to Gaborone cemetery where Kalafatis was finally laid to rest.

From his funeral programme, the family underscores that the most important question is not how Kalafatis died, but how he lived.

Kalafatis was born in December 1976. He grew up in Gaborone and pursued his secondary education in South Africa. A suspected criminal, he met his death on May, 13 this year.

He is described as a man who was into family business in marketing and exhibitions.

He leaves behind two kids, his parents, three brothers, a sister and his relatives.



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