Big day for ‘Witness’ boy wonder

2013-01-16 00:00

ANDILE “Boy” Bhengu is once again ready for his big day at school.

Yesterday, The Witness revisited the six-year-old, whose journey to Grade R at Sombongangani Primary School was featured in the paper last year.

Today he starts Grade 1 at Langsyde Combined School and yesterday afternoon, Andile, of Ekhokhwane in Elandskop, was getting ready for the big day.

He packed books into his new backpack — classmates broke his first one on the first day of school last year — and neatly folded his school gear.

“I’m excited about my new school and I’m not too nervous because my sister is going to be there,” Andile said softly.

“And I missed writing and playing.”

His mother, Nomusa, said Andile frequently cried at his former school because he wanted to be with his sister, Mpilo, who is in Grade 8 this year.

“The two have a strong bond. He used to cry for his sister every time. He can’t live without her,” she said.

Andile said he had learnt to write his name, draw and count while making lots of friends in Grade R.

During the holidays he made sure every second counted.

He played soccer with his grandfather and rode on his beloved horse, Vice, just as he had demonstrated for The Witness.

His eyes sparkling, Andile made clicking sounds and gently stroked Vice on his back.

Then the pair took off, to the amazement of villagers.

“I’ve never seen a youngster riding a big horse,” an elderly man marvelled.

“I love my horse because it can run fast,” said Andile, to the appreciation of his mother. “Sometimes it scares me, because his wisdom is beyond his age.”

“Every morning when he opens his eyes, he thanks God for waking him up. And before we go to bed he insists that we say a prayer so that God can sleep with him.”

His mother said she used to get sick a lot before she became a sangoma.

Andile would tell her he planned to build her a hospital when he grew up.

As for his career ambitions, he hopes to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a police officer.

“I wish for the best for my boy. I always pray that God will protect him from evil spirits and for him to be what I couldn’t be.”

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