Popular Carter High teacher and sports coach dies after being hit by taxi

2008-09-25 00:00

A STAR Zulu language teacher at a Pietermaritzburg high school, who was also a diehard soccer fan and pillar of hope in his family, died in a city hospital on Wednesday, six days after he suffered severe brain damage when he was hit by a taxi.

Jabulani Mkhize (34), from Edendale, taught Zulu and life orientation to grades eight to 12 at Carter High School and coached soccer and basketball at the school.

The accident that led to his death happened at the corner of Peter Kerchhoff and Pietermaritz streets.

“He was among [the] only two black teachers at the school and a very hard worker. When he joined us in 1998 after completing his degree, he was also working for Athlone Primary,” said Carter principal Ashwin Ramgoolam.

He said Mkhize, who will “be missed by colleagues and pupils, contributed a lot to school sport”.

“Mostly he was always smiling, very understanding and [a] good problem-solver. He knew how to handle pupils,” said Ramgoolam.

Mkhize’s uncle, Cooper Mkhize, said that on the evening of the accident, Mkhize had just dropped off his police officer wife Zanele at the Central police station for her night duty.

As he was crossing the intersection, a minibus taxi hit the driver’s door of his vehicle. He was rushed to St Anne’s with serious head injuries and placed on life support in the ICU. On Wednesday morning, doctors broke the news to his family that his condition had deteriorated: he was not going to survive.

“As family members we have been hit very hard because he was also supporting his siblings.

“His wife is still in complete shock,” said Cooper.

As a show of respect to Mkhize, an avid Pirates supporter, his family displayed an Orlando Pirates banner in front of his house,

The venue for the funeral service and the cemetery had not been confirmed by yesterday.

Mkhize is survived by his wife Zanele and two daughters, Snenhlanhla (18) and Sthabile (6).

bhans@witness.co.za

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