“This society is sick. Miguel here in this state‚ is more than proof that our society is sick. Why are such things happening? What have we become? What is happening in this society of ours?”
He appealed to the angry community not to take the law into their own hands.
“It’s not only the family of Miguel who is heartbroken‚ it is everyone… all of our hearts are broken.
“Miguel has touched our lives and that of every person here‚ even those who are not here.”
Tshuma said Miguel’s death was not in vain.
“Miguel has become that one person who stands for the thousands of children who have been abused‚ victimised and whose lives were shortened. Miguel in his short life has done a lot‚” he said.
Mourners were brought to tears when the touching Bette Midler song “Wind Beneath My Wings” was performed in tribute to the little boy.
His sister Mikayla also paid homage to her brother by reciting a short poem‚ which spoke of grief and pain from losing a loved one.