Drowned teacher's last words to principal were 'Viva maBokoboko'

2015-10-19 13:30
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Johannesburg - Zukisa Kela's last words to the principal of Westbury Secondary School, where he taught social sciences, were "Viva maBokoboko viva".

Tragically, Kela, who was also a rugby coach at the school, was probably dead by the time the Springboks claimed victory over Wales on Saturday night.

The 25-year-old teacher was tied up and thrown into the Rhodes Park lake in Johannesburg on Saturday evening along with a friend. Both of them drowned.

Kela, his fiancée and another couple were victims of a 12-man gang who pounced on them as they strolled in the park after church on Saturday.

The gang tossed the men into the dam, raped one of their partners, while the other woman managed to escape and ran down the streets of Kensington, calling for help.

'Vibrant, energetic'

Dr Been Robinson, principal of the school on Monday told News24 that staff and pupils were battling to come to terms with Kela's death.

"We are a family here... [It's hard] especially because he was a young man who just started teaching last year," said Robinson.

"He was very vibrant, energetic man. He was our rugby co-ordinator... A sport which was dormant at this school. He revived it."

Kela's energy would be badly missed at the school.


Flowers are left at the scene of the attack. (Mpho Raborife, News24)

Robinson said one of the teachers, who is also an ordained pastor, broke the news to the pupils early on Monday morning.

"Some of our kids right now are being [counselled]. His register class is also being [counselled] as we speak," said Robinson.

He told News24 that every Friday, the staff got together to pray before they left for the weekend.

"This time, it was really befitting for us to have prayed together," said Robinson.

He said he had been on his way to church on Sunday morning when a colleague, who was good friends with Kela, called and gave him the news.

'It is beyond human comprehension'

"We then visited the family home. It's horrible really. I am trying to understand what went through the minds of the people who committed this heinous crime. It is beyond human comprehension," said Robinson.

For now, however, he had to keep strong for the staff and pupils of the school, some of whom had already started writing their exams. 

"We just have to comfort one another and put our strength and hope in God... especially for those kids."

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Lungelo Dlamini said no arrests had been made by Monday morning.


The stormwater drain that the group allegedly escaped through. (Mpho Raborife, News24)


The stormwater drain that the group of 12 allegedly escaped through after running out of the park. (Mpho Raborife, News24)

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