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Johannesburg - Keamogetswe Sefularo was described as a quiet and respectful girl who did not lack confidence in herself.
The Lukhanyo High School pupil was stabbed to death last Friday by an alleged friend in Mohlakeng, Randfontein.
She was lured into the veld where she was stabbed in the chest, throat and abdomen.
Before the tragic incident happened, the friend who stabbed her had allegedly said to Keamogetswe: “We are Satanists and are about to kill you.”
Her memorial service was held on Thursday in the school quadrangle, where hundreds of residents and fellow pupils gathered to pay tribute to her.
The community are still shocked by the murder.
Randfontein executive councillor Sylvia Thebenare urged the community to pray hard and teach their children how to pray as well.
“If we prayed and prayed enough, these bad spirits would not be doing this. We must pray especially for the children and the township,” she said.
Family representative Busisiwe Nkosi said she had always told Keamogetswe how beautiful she was.
“I used to tell her she was so pretty that she should become a model, but she would tell me that she was going to become a chartered accountant because with education she had everything,” she said.
Keamogetswe’s good friend Cynthia Tsemekwane put on a brave face but couldn’t hold back the tears that had not stopped since last Friday.
“When we started school I saw something best in you. You were respectful, caring and forgiving. The great memories we had will never be forgotten,” she said.
The community has been plagued by incidents of Satanism, and 10 pupils from the school have been suspended over it.
When officials visited the school on Tuesday, they found some pupils with school books that had pictures and poems of the devil and devil worship.
Pastor Sam Rikhotso of the Water of Life Ministries in Mohlakeng said that what was going on in the community was spiritual warfare.
“It is not a physical thing. When children are possessed they are out of control,” he said.
Rikhotso said schools must understand that when someone was possessed, it was due to an evil spiritual force. The spirits needed to be cast out
“Only through prayer are the spirits afraid of God,” he said.
Keamogetswe will be buried on Saturday.