Film-maker leaves big gap

2012-08-21 00:00

ANT Delport, an aspiring film-maker from Pietermaritzburg, died on Sunday after a freak accident in Johannesburg left him brain dead.

His death, however, has given others a second chance as both of his kidneys were donated, one to a 13-year-old girl, and another to a 40-year-old man, said Delport’s mother Brigette Delport.

“His skin has also been grafted onto a burn victim, and his corneas and bone marrow are waiting to be donated,” she said.

Delport (29) — a former Carter High School pupil and UKZN graduate — was on his way to work on his bicycle on Friday morning when a bus stopped in front of him to offload passengers, the grieving Brigette told The Witness yesterday.

She said he hit one of the passengers and was thrown over the handlebars, landing on his head.

“He was airlifted to Joburg Gen [Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital] where he was declared brain dead after being put on life support.

“He died yesterday [Sunday] with his entire family beside him,” said his mother.

His sister Jo Wood said she was in Durban when she heard the news of her brother’s accident.

“He had been at his girlfriend’s place the night before, and decided to leave his cellphone and wallet there to be on the safe side.”

Because he did not have his wallet and cellphone on him, she said he couldn’t be identified for up to 10 hours.

“When he failed to show up to work, his boss called to find out where he was,” she said.

He was eventually found at the hospital after being identified by his tattoos.

Speaking lovingly of her late son, Brigette said: “He was a legend.

“He was this beautiful, beautiful boy … man.

“He was an artist and an old soul. He was well mannered. I’m not saying this because he was my son.

“I’m saying this because everyone just loved him.”

She said Delport, who not only completed media and film studies at UKZN, but was also a trained circus performer, had left a legacy following his death.

“He touched so many people and he was well known.”

He hadn’t been back in Pietermaritzburg for a while, but all of his best friends and people he grew up with were in the city, she said.

Following his death, Brigette, who was in Scotland when she heard the news, said she will be cancelling her plans to emigrate to the UK.

“I won’t be going back. He was a boy of Africa, and I want to be as close to him as possible,” she said of her only son.

“The gap he leaves is just huge.”

Describing her brother, Wood said: “He was an aspiring film-maker. He was loved by so many.

“The support we have been getting from people from Pietermaritzburg has been unbelievable.”

A memorial service for Delport will be held this Sunday at the Botanical Gardens in Pietermaritzburg.

“We’ve asked everyone to dress colourfully,” Brigette said, adding that is how he would have liked it.

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