Amidst cries of anguish tragic suicide victim Prudence Diphatsa was laid to rest whilst elsewhere people were opening Christmas presents.
The 20-year-old UB student described as ‘humble,’ ‘ever smiling,’ ‘loving’ and ‘caring’ by the many mourners who attended the funeral, was buried in her home village of Mokgware on Christmas Day.
‘It is shocking news. You have left a huge gap that will never be filled by anyone. Our prayers are with you and your family. Only God knows why you had to depart this way,’ read a message from a close friend.
Amongst the many other expressions of condolence were messages from former Zebras Coach Collen Rowe, BFA CEO Keith Masters, Botswana Premier League CEO Bernard Mamelodi and Ghana Football Association, CAF Technical Director.
Purry as she was affectionately called was BFA Technical Director Phillimon Makhwengwe’s long time partner and cousin. She was a keen football player for Mascom Social Club and also a die-hard Gaborone United supporter.
Her love of football had inspired Purry to start a tournament in Mokgware that she sponsored every year during the festive season.
Speaking at the funeral her aunt Emeldah Diphatsa said it was around 8 pm on the 17December when Makhwengwe came to her place and asked her to accompany him to the police station. She said that as they drove to Tlokweng Police Station she was wondering if Purry might have been involved in an accident.
“Phillimon went into the station and I remained in the car still wondering what could have happened. After some minutes he came back and told me – the officer then called me and broke the sad news. After that I do not know what happened. I just collapsed, ” she said.
Her distraught father William Diphatsa,who was also still in a state of shock, said that much was expected from his daughter since she was responsible and took her studies seriously.
In Makhwengwe’s message, read by his friend Mabuo Motsamai, he said that there had been no warning signs that Purry was contemplating suicide, nor did she leave a note.
He told how the two had met three years ago and their love had overcome the fact that we were close relatives. After a year they made their relationship public. ‘The rest is history,’ he said.
He added that it was only God and Purry who knew what really happened since she did not leave a note.
Purry survived by her mother, father and her four brothers.