‘Germain was a loving teacher’

2012-07-11 00:00

THE family of Germain Leonard are devastated and still coming to terms with his death in an accident on Saturday evening.

The car Leonard (26) was travelling in collided with a bakkie.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane confirmed that the driver of the bakkie, Mario Colling (34), was arrested and appeared in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday on charges of culpable homicide and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Leonard, a Westville Boys’ High teacher, and four others were returning to Durban after attending a funeral in Pietermaritzburg.

He was the only one killed in the accident.

Sue Leonard, who is married to Leonard’s brother, Kydron, said his death was not only a loss to the family, but to everyone who knew him.

“He was awesome and he was the life of the party. He was always involved and the kids at the school loved him.”

She said a relative had alerted her husband to the accident after driving past the accident scene.

“His cousin recognised the number plate.

“He immediately called Kydron, who rushed to the scene and found out that his brother had died. The paramedics were there already; a passerby had called them.”

Sue said this was the first death in the family in three years. “Kydron is devastated.”

Leonard and his family kept in touch via BlackBerry Messenger and the last time he saw his entire family was at a family reunion on June 16.

Family members have created a Facebook page in tribute, ‘In Memory of Germain Leonard’.

A message posted by Paula-Jayne Bloemstein Tesnaar read: “The many nights you had my back during varsity days … A true friend, a brother. The many lectures you pushed me through cause I’d get so bored, thanks for that! Rest in Peace Germ, a true blessing to us that had the honour of knowing you.”

Leonard will be buried in Port Shepstone on Saturday.

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