'It's not getting any easier': Simba's family open up one year after his death

By Gabisile Ngcobo
03 March 2016

It's been a little over a year since beloved Simba Mhere died in a car accident but the wounds are still fresh to those who knew and loved him.

It's been a little over a year since beloved Simba Mhere died in a car accident but the wounds are still fresh to those who knew and loved him. 

Simba had been a Top Billing presenter for four years when his life was tragically cut short on January 31 last year.

He and his friend Kady-Shay O’Brian were declared dead at the accident scene while his dad, Joseph, who’d been driving, survived.

“I can't say that a year later it gets easier; we just have to take each day as it comes,” Simba’s sister, Valerie Mhere (21), tells YOU.

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Simba cared deeply for his only sibling and they shared a tight bond. They were working on a plan to convince their parents to get Valerie a car before he died.

“Everyone has it in them to rise above whatever adversity comes their way and so I think for both my family and all his friends we have chosen to rise above.”

The Mhere family is now closer than ever before, Valerie says.

“I'm always so surprised at how strong my parents are through everything, especially my father, but above everything I believe God has been there the entire time and that's made all the difference; that's why we are able to live on.”

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On the anniversary of Simba’s death, the family didn’t do much, she reveals.

“We just went to the cemetery after church and sat there and chatted  about Simba, a few friends came over, others dropped off dinner for us and we spent some time at home.”

The driver of the car who allegedly caused the accident has already been to court and been charged with culpable homicide.

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