The four children killed in a house fire in Alexandra on Sunday have been laid to rest.
Neighbours, school children and government officials attended the funeral service which went ahead without their mothers.
The two sisters were denied permission to attend.
Seven-year-old Nhlanhla, five-year-old Mbalenhle, four-year-old Sandile and two-year-old little Amukelani died on Sunday morning.
Their mothers were not home when the fire started. It’s alleged they were at a nearby shebeen.
The bail hearing for the two sisters is set for 28 September.
If granted, it’s only then that they will get to see where their children’s remains are buried.
Regardless of what happened, one of the neighbours Nester Mdluli has called on the community to forgive the mothers.
She says she knows them and they are good parents.
“These kids grew up in front of me, I raised them and these mothers loved their kids. They would never kill them, it’s a mistake and everyone that is here makes mistakes.”
Social development MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza has also called for forgiveness.
She says the loss of a child is not easy
“No matter the circumstances, the loss of a child is heartbreaking and it shouldn’t happen through any means.”
The two mothers are still in custody despite a petition that they attend the funeral.