A bright future wiped out

2014-09-05 00:00

FAMILY and colleagues of the nephew of KZN DA leader Sizwe Mchunu were yesterday still trying to come to terms with his death.

Cebo Ntombela (23) was stabbed to death for his cellphone and wallet while returning from work with a colleague on Tuesday in Pietermaritzburg.

A heartbroken Mchunu had told The Witness that Ntombela’s mother was murdered on his first birthday on December 24, 1992.

“He was the son of my eldest sister who died in the political violence that took place in Imbali on December 24,” Mchunu said.

He said he had dedicated his life towards giving his “son”, Ntombela, a brighter future.

“Little did I expect that within a year of him finding a job, he would be brutally murdered by thugs,” he wrote on Facebook.

Yesterday, Ntombela’s colleagues at Cubicle Solutions spoke fondly of the talented young man who they said had a bright career ahead of him.

Manager Quentin Deeves said Ntombela joined the firm about nine months ago as a general assistant and was promoted to become a machine operator within three months.

“He was learning the trade. He had a lot of motivation to get somewhere in life,” Deeves said.

He said Ntombela was very enthusiastic about his work and was always the first to get to work.

“I would find him here already waiting at the gate, or if I was the first I would open for him. He always had a smile on his face,” he said.

Deeves said Ntombela’s commitment to his job would have benefited him as the company was restructuring.

“He would have been one of the team leaders, I’m sure,” he said.

Recalling the day Ntombela died, Deeves said he received a call from one of Ntombela’s colleagues asking him to rush to the scene of the attack.

The pair had been attacked at the notorious railway line near the industrial area.

“I could hear something was wrong when he called and I went to find them,” he said.

He said people passing by helped move Ntombela to the pavement.

“He was bleeding a lot from the chest. It did not look good,” he said.

“Someone offered to call an ambulance, but I decided to take him to the hospital,” Deeves said.

He said on arrival at the hospital, doctors said Ntombela died from blood loss.

Deeves said it was upsetting that someone with great potential died in the manner he did.

“Everyone is in still in shock,” he said, adding that some workers took time off due to the incident and counselling was provided to them.

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