Goodbye, Thandaza

2016-11-23 06:01
Thandaza Nkosi (9) has died of cancer. She passed away on Saturday (19/11) in the Kimberley Hospital. Photo’s: Boipelo Mere

Thandaza Nkosi (9) has died of cancer. She passed away on Saturday (19/11) in the Kimberley Hospital. Photo’s: Boipelo Mere

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The brave little Thandaza Nkosi (9) has succumbed to cancer.

After months of pain and suffering, she lost the battle against a rare peritoneal cancer and went to a good and peaceful place on Saturday night (19/11).

She passed away after spending two weeks in the Kimberley Hospital.

Thandaza was diagnosed with cancer in November 2015, which followed her being in and out of hospital for treatment, until the doctors said they cannot do anything more for her.

She also received chemotherapy twice this year.

Her grandmother, Selina Nkosi, who was at her bedside day and night, through thick and thin, is still reeling from the pain while messages of support pour in at the family home in Blikkiesdorp.

According to Selina, the family has lost a great deal, as Thandaza had showed a lot of potential from a young age.

“She was full of life, inquisitive, talented and loved people so much,” Selina said.

Thandaza stole the hearts of many after her wish-list, consisting of five items, was published on Facebook.

What stole the hearts of most people was that the first and the last item on the list concerned education and her urge to learn.

The first item on her list was going back to school and the last one was an appeal to read books.

Other items were a computer to play games on, a nice bedroom and toys.

Amidst trying to keep a smile in honour of the bravery of the little tiger, Selina could not hold her tears, but broke down when she saw Thandaza’s karate team enter her yard to hold a short prayer on Monday afternoon (21/11).

“Oh, my child . . . Look at her people . . . Why could I not take that pain from her and carry it for her,” she said before breaking down.

According to Thandaza’s karate coach, Sensei Lawrence Booi, she joined the Kyokushin Sako Joko (karate team) early in 2015 before she became ill.

He described her as a brilliant member who always showed eagerness to learn new techniques.

“She was a white belt (beginner) and was supposed to graduate to the blue belt.

“Due to the fact that we knew that she had been a hard worker and attended the gashuku camps – where we taught a combination of techniques – and attended graduations of other members, we reserved her graduation until her return,” said Booi.

He revealed that in honour of Thandaza’s bravery and hard work, the team will present a certificate of honour to the family, including her blue belt.

The team was supposed to leave for Durban on Friday (25/11) to participate in the black belt preparatory seminar for selections of the upcoming Commonwealth Games, on Saturday and Sunday.

“We decided to rather leave on Saturday after the funeral in honour of one of our own.”

Thandaza’s school, the Floors North Primary School, will hold a memorial service for her at the school’s premises on Thursday (24/11) at 12:00.

The school held a fundraising initiative on Friday, 21 October, in an effort to build her the nice bedroom that she wished for.

On that day, during the fund­raising event, Thandaza went to school and in this way a wish on her list became true.

But now, according to the deputy principal of the school, Kebogile Mqina, they will donate all the proceeds of the fundraising initiative to the family, as they did not get the chance to extend her house.

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