By Thabiso Thakali

Throughout the week the tributes poured in, from across South Africa and the United Kingdom - all remembering Feziwe Radebe as an exceptional and brave woman.

On Friday, she was buried from Rhema Bible Church in Randparkridge after losing a battle against bowel cancer.

Hordes of people arrived. Some couples walked hand-in-hand towards the church as sporadic praise singing erupted from the hall. The mood was sombre.

People exchanged odd smiles that spoke of certain things they didn't understand or believe.

One of these things was the untimely death of Feziwe Faith Radebe, wife of soccer legend Lucas Radebe, whom they had come to pay their last respects to. The 34-year-old mother of two died last Saturday after a three-year battle with cancer.

She is survived by Lucas and their two children, Lucas Hugo, 9, and Owami, 4.

At the church entrances, mourners were handed pink ribbons to wear to raise awareness of cancer.

Among those handing them out was Punkie Baloyi, the wife of SA soccer star Brian Baloyi and a breast cancer sufferer herself.

In all, 600 turned up to say farewell. They included ANC president Jacob Zuma, soccer stars, ordinary working class folk, and trendy musicians and celebrities.

They all clutched pamphlets imprinted with a portrait of her pretty face.

The words of condolence that speaker after speaker delivered to the family were strong and beautiful.

"Feziwe means complete or even perfect," said Victor Ramathesele.

"Faith is really what kept her together and these words epitomise the person we are here to bury."

Lucas Radebe looked down at the casket and his voice grew huskier: "My dearest wife, when I said till death do us part I meant it but I did not realise it would come so soon. At your birthdays I always thought I could dance better than you but I was wrong. You've left a void in my heart."

At Fourways Memorial Park where his wife's casket was lowered into the ground, Radebe involuntarily closed his eyes and leant over.

As the mourners departed, his eyes remained fixed on the wreaths laid by friends and family.

"I never thought I would stand next to my wife's grave so soon," he said to no one in particular.