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Eusebius McKaiser laid to rest on Saturday in his hometown, Makhanda.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

Acclaimed author, broadcaster and journalist Eusebius McKaiser was laid to rest in his hometown in Makhanda in the Eastern Cape on Saturday.

The funeral service was attended by relatives, friends and industry colleagues.

McKaiser has been remembered by industry colleagues and fans as a fearless commentator and activist on the country's most burning political and social issues.   

The journalist died last week after a suspected epileptic seizure at the age of 45. 

Reading a letter on behalf of McKaiser's sisters, Sonya McKaiser said: My brother, you've left us too soon, I am broken in pieces. But from this day forward, I am going to hold on to all the good memories. More importantly, I am going to be strong, and be there for dad, aunty Len, her sister Marilyn, her brother Aiden...

"We've lost you, my brother, and we are devastated."

McKaiser was born on 28 March 1979 and began his formal education at St Mary's Primary School in Albany Road.

He matriculated at Graeme College before he enrolled at Rhodes University in 1997.

For some, bidding a final farewell was unbearable, as mourners were given a last chance to view the body of McKaiser as he lay in the casket. 

Friend and fellow broadcaster, Oliver Dickson said he wants McKaiser to be remembered for his compassion. 

"I want to talk about Eusebius's compassion because I think that's what I want us all to hold on to in his after life. Eusebius was incredibly compassionate.  

"Eusebius was always available for those he cared for, and for the things he cared for. He was available to me in moments of weakness in my life when I just needed a friend to talk to."    

A choir sang McKaiser's favourite hymn, 'God of the Mountain'.   

McKaiser's teacher also shared memories of his days as a primary school pupil at St Mary's as more speakers reflect on his impactful life.

Chairperson of the council of his alma mater, Rhodes University, Judge Gareth Bloem offered his condolences to McKaiser's family. 

"Rhodes University will always remember him with abiding fondness for the person that he was, for what he stood for, and for all that he did to advance purposes."

Bloem said the university will forever remember McKaiser's passion for nurturing the next generation, especially their passion for reading.  

He urged citizens to continue his legacy of speaking up against injustices and mediocrity in society.  

McKaiser is survived by his partner, Nduduzo Nyanda; father, Donald McKaiser; stepmother, Valencia McKaiser; brother, Aden; and sisters, Geniva and Marilyn as well as his extended family.

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