Imbali school head back after depression break

2015-02-24 00:00

HEALING takes time but counselling can help the process.

That’s the message from the principal of ­Fezokuhle Primary School, who is set to return to school today after taking two weeks off to deal with the depression he suffered as a result of the deaths of eight of his pupils on ­January 28.

Bhekane Nkwanyana took two weeks off work to visit a doctor and to recover ­emotionally at home.

Nkwanyana said the time away from school was the best option to take. “I needed some time to heal and gain strength after the bad news,” he said.

He added that counselling really helped him to get back on his feet. “Healing is a process. I still need to visit a psychologist for another examination,” said Nkwanyana.

Last week Nonzuzo Zuma (11) died in ­hospital as a result of the bakkie crash.

The headmaster expressed his deepest ­condolences to the Zuma family. “Government has provided counselling to the school. We hope that government reaches out soon to all the parents in need of counselling,” he said.

Families of pupils killed in the bakkie crash have united and started counselling each other to accept the tragedy and move on.

Olwethu’s father, Siboniso Vilakazi, has been arranging meetings with other families and talking through the tragedy. Vilakazi told The Witness that he visited Nonzuzo’s family after he heard she had died to send his condolences.

A parent of one of the pupils still in hospital, Nomusa Njoko, said her daughter Mbaluleki (12) is now in a stable condition. “She suffered head injuries but she is recovering with every day she spends in that hospital bed,” she said.


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