Dignified farewell for 4th victim

2013-10-14 00:00

MIKHAIL Robert, the fourth victim of Thursday morning’s horror accident on Alan Paton Avenue was buried on Saturday in a ceremony of quiet dignity.

His white coffin stood in front of a backdrop of white flowers, in the newly revamped Ephesus Temple in Bangalore Road, Northdale. The presiding pastor, Quinton Aiyer, set the tone by telling the congregation that they were there to celebrate Mikhail’s life. A family friend had put together a video of his life. As music played quietly in the background, photos flashed on a screen of a happy toddler posing next to Father Christmas and a fun-loving child, making funny faces and hand gestures as he posed in front of the camera.

His parents, Reynold and Anuishia Robert, moved to Dubai eight years ago, with their two children. After two years Mikhail missed South Africa and asked to return to live with his grandparents. He finished high school at C21 and went on to study at Varsity College, before starting his own business, with the help of his dad.

Reynold, who previously worked at The Witness, is the production manager on the Gulf News. He and his wife Anuishia declined to comment, asking to be allowed the privacy to grieve.

Mikhail’s younger sister Cherise, who is at school in Dubai, and his cousins, are going to try hard to heed the words on his WhatsApp status. It says: “Life goes on”.

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