‘Jake embraced everyone’

2014-07-12 00:00

FRIENDS and family members came from all over the country to bid farewell to Jake “Khumalo Boi” Smith yesterday.

The popular Pietermaritzburg motorsport star’s memorial service was held at Carter High School, where he had been to school.

Smith (23) was stabbed to death outside the KFC in Armitage Road in the early hours of Sunday last weekend.

Robin Volmink, the friend who watched him die, was lost for words while trying to describe how he was killed.

“He was very compassionate about everyone,” he said.

His mother, Ann Smith, wept as she watched images depicting her son’s life projected on a screen inside the packed hall.

His close friend, Chris Ireland, said Smith was “always willing for an adventure”.

Ireland said they were completely heartbroken at his sudden death.

“They say you don’t know someone until you live with them and we learnt that was different with Jake because he was Jake even when I lived with him,” said Ireland.

An emotional Ireland said: “Jake laughed, he loved his food, he loved school, he loved his gran, he loved BMWs and spinning and he loved his girlfriend, Camilla. Thank you for being my brother I never had. We will always miss you.”

Ireland described Smith as a person who never saw colour and said that people from all races who had attended his service were proof of how he lived his life.

Carter High School principal, Ashwin Ramgoolam said he was a sporting enthusiast who led the rugby team. “His humility will always be remembered,” he said.

Ramgoolam said Smith was able to rise above his circumstances.

“Carter has lost one of its finest sons,” he said.

“He embraced everyone, that is why he was called Khumalo Boi, because he never saw colour.”

He said when Smith had started working for a steel company, he called the school saying he knew they were installing burglar guards and he would offer the school the best prices if they called him.

After the service, one of Smith’s friends told Weekend Witness they were happy that the man who is alleged to have killed their friend was behind bars but were not pleased that the well-known soccer player involved in the argument before his murder had not been arrested.

Smith’s body was cremated yesterday morning before the memorial service.

When his drifting friends were leaving the school grounds, they spun their cars until the smell of burning rubber hung in the air, leaving black tyre marks on the road.

There are a lot of drifting events planned in Smith’s memory this weekend, with one at the Market Road today and another at Mason’s Mill tomorrow.

A party will be hosted at Tiger Tiger PMB and entrance will be free for Smith’s friends tonight.

Sbonisa Dlamini (27) was charged with Smith’s murder and appeared in court on Tuesday. He was remanded in custody until ­July 15.

• thobani.ngqulunga@witness.co.za

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