MEC visits Seevnarain

2009-12-17 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL Education MEC Senzo Mchunu will accompany the Mowat Park Girls’ High teacher who miraculously survived being thrown off the Umkomazi bridge by hijackers, Kavisha Seevnarain, on her first day back to school next year.

Mchunu announced this when he visited the teacher at her home in Northdale yesterday.

Seevnarain was thrown off the Mkomazi River bridge on the N2 highway and survived a 60-metre plunge. Kavisha, a business studies and accounting teacher, is still nursing her injuries.

Mchunu was visiting the teacher to wish her a speedy recovery.

“We came here to express our wishes for a quick recuperation. We thought it would be proper for us to come and visit to show our support and acknowledge that what happened could have been worse. We nearly lost a teacher and a young professional who has a great future ahead.

“Those thugs didn’t know what they were dealing with. That intervention from above … is a huge blessing for all of us.

“I would like to accompany you on your first day back to school. I think we should mark that day because the day you left school would have meant that it was your last day and we should not pretend that it didn’t happen,” Mchunu said.

Seevnarain could not contain her excitement after being visited by her “boss” at home. The pain that she might be going through from her injuries seemed to have subsided.

“I’m so excited,” she said with a broad smile when Mchunu sat next to her.

Her father, Jeewan Seevnarain, said his daughter woke up at 6 am yesterday because of her excitement at meeting the MEC. He thanked Mchunu for the visit.

“My daughter is overjoyed. We are also relieved that she is on her way to recovery.”

Umgungundlovu District Municipality Mayor Yusuf Bhamjee also visited the Seevnarain home.

“I want to assure the family that Mchunu is here because he wants to be here; he is not just fulfilling his duty,” he said.

Seevnarain was hijacked on November 14 when she was visiting her friend, Sadhana Sewpal in Shallcross.

Her hijackers drove around with her during the night and made a few stops to withdraw money from ATMs with her bank card in various parts of Chesterville and Umlazi.

Eventually they drove off to the N2 and threw her over the side of the Umkomazi bridge. She was found by a passer-by who had heard her calls for help from where she was lying under the bridge. She had sustained seven fractured ribs, a fractured pelvis and injuries to her lower spine.

Some of Seevnarain’s attackers were arrested and sentenced in November.

Wandile Nsibande and Sibusiso Dlamini pleaded guilty to charges of robbery with aggravating circumstances and kidnapping. Nsibande was given 25 years and Dlamini 40 years behind bars. A 16-year-old boy was denied bail this week and is expected back in court on January 21 when a trial date will be set. Police are looking for a fourth suspect.

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