Alexandra High mourns death of pupil

2012-10-23 00:00

ALEXANDRA High School was in a sombre mood yesterday as news filtered through that one of its pupils, Mpendulo Ngcobo, who was due to write his first matric paper, died tragically in a car accident on Saturday.

The car he was travelling in lost control at Umlaas Road, veering off the road and rolling down an embarkment.

Mpendulo is one of the three who lost their lives in the accident.

Two other passengers are in a critical condition in hospital.

The five were on their way to a mall in Pietermaritzburg.

A shattered Michael Ngcobo, Mpendulo’s father, found it very difficult to talk about his son.

“It’s very hard. We can’t talk. We can’t even eat,” he said.

Mpendulo, who was going to celebrate his 18th birthday next month, was working very hard to prepare for his first exam.

“He was very busy and studying hard. He wanted to study something that has to do with forestry after matric.”

Although Mpendulo didn’t get a chance to finish matric and fulfil his dreams, his father will always remember him as a “good boy”.

“He listened. I have never had any complaints about him.”

Alexandra High School headmaster Andrew Graaf echoed Ngcobo’s words.

“He was liked by everybody and no one has anything bad to say about him,” Graaf said.

He added that according to his teachers and those who knew him personally, Mpendulo was a “quiet, humble and respectful person”. “He had good manners and good morals.”

News of Mpendulo’s death spread fast after one of his friends posted details on Facebook.

Graaf was called by one of the school’s HOD’s and had to verify this with the family.

This was the second tragedy to hit the school in a short space of time. In August, a matric pupil died after the matric trial exams.

Graaf said the death touched the school especially because it’s exam time.

“We are quite concerned about the friends who were close to him and are writing exams. We are going to speak to them to see if there is any need for counselling.”

He said the school will hold a special assembly on Wednesday.

Police had not confirmed the names of the other deceased by the time of going to press.

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