College Old Boys hailed for brave act

2016-03-09 14:11
Maritzburg College Old Boys Msizi Ndlovu (left) and Modise Sefume with Helen Horne (left), and Linda Hooper, who they rescued amid university riots.

Maritzburg College Old Boys Msizi Ndlovu (left) and Modise Sefume with Helen Horne (left), and Linda Hooper, who they rescued amid university riots. (Supplied)

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Pietermaritzburg - Two former Maritzburg College ­pupils have been praised for their heroic rescue of two members of the British High Commission ­during the #FeesMustFall student protests in Pretoria last October.

Msizi Ndlovu, a sixth-year medical student at UP, and Modise Sefume, who graduated with his LLB last year and is currently serving articles, went to the rescue of Helen Horne and Linda Hooper when they were surrounded by a “rampant mob” and the rear window of their car was smashed with a brick.

Linda Laubscher of the Maritzburg College Old Boys’ Association said they were extremely proud to receive a press release from the British High Commission praising the actions of the two Old Collegians.

“The values which Maritzburg College endeavours to instill in each young pupil are evident in these two fine young men — ­honesty, ­integrity, courage, ­self-discipline, commitment and respect,” said Laubscher.

The British High Commission praised the two for their “bravery, compassion and exemplary ­conduct” in rescuing Horne and Hooper, who were on official business when they came under attack.

“Shocked but physically ­unharmed, the women were struggling to extract themselves from the situation when Ndlovu and ­Sefume appeared on the scene. They provided assistance, finding a safe place to park the vehicle and escorting the women to a nearby medical clinic which afforded ­security from the mob,” the British High Commission said.

The two stayed with Horne and Hooper until the violence was over and helped them to return to the British High Commission.

Colonel John McCardle, defence adviser of the British High ­Commission, said the students’ ­actions were worthy of praise and recognition. “We are most grateful for their assistance in a time of need and their ability to stand up and be counted when the easier option was most likely to turn away,” he said.

Ndlovu and Sefume were also praised by vice-chancellor and principal of UP Professor Cheryl de la Rey, who said she was humbled by their shining example of their “truly remarkable conduct under difficult circumstances”.

Sefume was quoted saying that if placed in the same situation he and Ndlovu would do the same again because it was the “way we were raised and what we stand for”.

— Witness Reporter.

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