Car killed missing student

2011-10-28 00:00

A SOUTHPORT family’s week-long search for their 23-year-old son, who became a father two weeks ago, ended tragically yesterday morning when they identified his broken body at the Port Shepstone state mortuary.

Nathaniel Nhlanzeko Nzama was allegedly run over at the Umzimkhulu Bridge last Friday evening and died a few hours later at the Port Shepstone Regional Hospital.

In the interim, his father, Petros, searched frantically for his son. Then police gave him the chilling news that his son had died in hospital after being knocked down at Umzimkhulu bridge on Friday by a car that was being driven by a woman.

Nathaniel went missing after he had attended classes at his college in Oslo beach, where he was a second year student in electrical engineering. The distraught father said that the family are deeply saddened by his untimely death.

“We were worried when he did not return that afternoon. I normally pick up my children from Port Shepstone Civic Centre when I come from work, but he was not there on Friday and he never returned home.

“I reported his disappearance to Southport police the same day. He was attending morning classes.

“When I inquired from other people at the college, no one knew his whereabouts, but one person said they saw him at the Port Shepstone civic centre on the afternoon of his disappearance.”

Petros said that what is even more heart-rending to the family is that Nathaniel had just become a father to his own son.

“His baby is about two weeks old and will never know his father,” the bereaved father and grandfather said.

Petros recalled that Nathaniel was a respectful son and well-behaved. More details about a possible case against the driver involved in Nathaniel’s death could not be ascertained before going to print.

• witness@feveronline.co.za

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