Shattered dreams

2009-08-22 00:00

NOMPUMELELO Ndlovu carried her family’s dreams. Last Saturday, she posted money to her home in Lotheni. On Monday she lay dead on a pavement in Pietermaritzburg, the weakening afternoon sun setting on a life of promise.

Ndlovu, who was looking forward to having her first child in October, was bludgeoned to death with a steel pipe by a deranged man in Boom Street. She will be laid to rest at home today.

Ndlovu’s family struggled to comprehend what circumstances could lead to such a tragic death Her grandmother, Selina Ndlovu, who described her as respectful, smart, passionate, and business- minded consoled herself that what happened was “God’s will”.

She said Ndlovu’s death was a huge loss to her family, adding that she had so many plans for her and her family.

“On Sunday, she posted money home saying she would see us on Saturday, but she died on Monday,” said Selina. “She had huge plans for us; she had just started making arrangements to build me and her mother a house to say thank you for the way we raised her.”

Looking back at Ndlovu’s life, Selina said at an early age, Ndlovu always seemed destined for success. She even managed to graduate from high school while living in trying circumstances.

“The moment she graduated from high school she looked for a job to better our lives and found one with the Masifundisani Project, teaching maths and Zulu to adults.

“She also started trading, going to areas like Howick. When she was killed; she was in the process of setting up a chicken farming business.”

The small community of Lotheni, which gathered at Ndlovu’s home on Tuesday, also could not believe that the woman they described as respectful, tolerant and accomplished had died such a tragic death.

One of the neighbours, Mandlovu WakaDuma, said “It is hard to accept what has happened; such a person was not supposed to pass this early and in such a manner.”

Ndlovu’s friend, Nokuthokoza Ndlovu, said she has lost a great friend and confidant. “We grew up together and we were planning our lives together.”

A psychologist commenting on the matter said it seemed like the attacker had a huge amount of internal anger that became too much to cope with.

The head of the child and family department of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, clinical psychologist Dr Bev Killian, said “Everyone has a varying degree of tolerance. When that level is reached, emotions veer out of control and this leads to different outcomes,”

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