‘Keep on running my little sister’

2015-02-23 00:00

IT was an emotional affair as speaker after speaker shared memories of the late Nonzuzo Zuma (11) — a promising athletics star.

The grade six pupil from Fezokuhle Primary School in Imbali died in Edendale Hospital after being in a coma for three weeks.

She suffered massive head injuries in the ­accident that claimed the lives of seven other pupils on January 28, when the bakkie they were travelling in plunged into a house in Imbali.

Nonzuzo and five others were admitted to the intensive care unit.

She succumbed to her injuries last Monday.

Neatly dressed in school uniform, her peers sobbed uncontrollably as her coffin was carried into the Uniting Presbyterian Church in Imbali on Saturday.

Deputy principal Khulekani Dladla said Fezokuhle was a school with a good track record but would now be remembered as the school where pupils perished in a bakkie accident. “Our time with Nonzuzo was very short … and as teachers we never thought that we would say goodbye to our kids,” said an emotional Dladla.

Nonzuzo’s sister Phila Dladla said the family never thought their turn to lose a loved one would come so soon. “Nzuzo was full of ­potential and we would all gather around to ­assist her with her homework at night.

“Keep running little sister, never stop, you have inspired the entire family to continue running the race of life,” she said.

Her aunt Sindi Sanelwe said, “I promise to run the Comrades Marathon for you Nzuzo. I promise to train hard and to finish the race for you, my girl. I know that when I run the race, you will run the race with me in spirit,” she said.

Seated in the back row was Sboniso Vilakazi, who buried his son Olwethu three weeks ago.

Olwethu died at the scene of the accident.

“I am hurting. When I heard about Nonzuzo, I went to visit her parents because we knew the pain they were going through,” said Vilakazi.

“I can still see my son playing with other ­children. When I go to his tombstone, I break down and cry.

“The most painful part of this whole thing is that the driver’s family has never showed a sense of Ubuntu. They have never showed any sympathy for our losses,” added Vilakazi.

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