Boy’s fatal fall at school

By Drum Digital
26 January 2011

SHE’S racked with silent tears, her body shaking, as the small off-white coffin containing the remains of her six-year-old son is lowered into the ground. The choir from the dead boy’s school sings “I’m going home, to die no more”, and as the lead singer’s voice reaches a haunting crescendo there isn’t a dry eye left among the mourners at Thomas Titus Nkobi Memorial Park, east of Joburg.

Sobs echo across the graveyard as a heap of red sand covers little Katlego Nkabinde’s casket. His mother, Thembisile, is beside herself. This was the child who had been so excited about attending big school he stood in the street outside his home the day before term started and yelled, “Tomorrow I’m going to school! When I’m big I’m going to be a doooctor!”

Tragically, just days later – a mere 12 days after his sixth birthday – Katlego fell to his death from a window at his school, Providence Academy, in Joburg’s CBD.

Read the article in the Drum of 3 February 2011 – and share your views below.

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