Lightning cuts short two boys’ dreams

2013-10-28 00:00

A FOOTBALL game on the school grounds ended with two pupils dead after they were struck by lightning on Friday at midday.

Ndlelayabasha Primary School pupils Phelelani Maphumulo (Grade 7) and Mabutho Ngubane (Grade 6) were playing football with schoolmates during lunch hour when the lightning struck.

The families of the two boys were devastated by the incident, saying that they felt the boys’ dreams were cut short. Phelelani (15) and Mabutho (12) are both from Willowfountain, just outside Pietermaritzburg.

Phelelani’s aunt, Florence Mkhize, said the boy had much respect for people and that he wanted to be a doctor.

“It was after lunch when his nephew came home telling us that he saw him dead after he was struck by lightning. I did not believe him as he is just an eight-year-old. Then the teacher came to report that the two boys were taken to Embalenhle Clinic,” said Mkhize.

She said they found out that the boys were already dead when they arrived at the clinic.

“This was a shock to the family because he always talked about the many things he wanted to do when he grew up, including studying to become a doctor. He did all the house chores without complaining. He loved sharing jokes and playing with his siblings. We will miss his smile,” said Mkhize.

Mabutho’s mother, Prudence, said her second-born child wanted to become a professional soccer player.

Provincial police spokesperson Captain Musa Ntombela said an inquest docket was opened at the Plessislaer police station.

Ward councillor Sbu Mkhize said they will be having a special meeting at the school today.

“We will be meeting at 9 am to find ways of helping pupils who witnessed this incident and the families of the two boys who passed away,” he said.

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