Crash still haunts families

2015-02-07 00:00

THE grieving process still ­continues for the seven families of Fezokuhle Primary School ­pupils who were killed in the ­Imbali bakkie crash last week Wednesday.

The families expressed their pain during a memorial service that was held yesterday at Imbali Unit 13 sports ground.

The memorial service comes after the mass funeral that was held last Sunday.

One of the parents, Sibusiso Vilakazi, who lost his son ­Olwethu, said the pain of the loss haunts him. “My family has been very supportive ever since the tragedy. We pray every day and night for God to give my family closure,” he said.

A family member and grandmother of Sinenhlanhla Dlamini, Magarate, said the pain they are going through is unbearable because Sinenhlanhla’s photos, which are framed and displayed at home, are a constant reminder. Sinenhlanhla’s mother, Xolisile, ­described her “agony” every time she sees her late daughter’s friends playing outside.

Mandisa Ndlela, a sibling of the late Sinethemba Nkomo, told The Witness that that Wednesday she and her sister were supposed to have spent a day at the mall to celebrate ­Sinethemba’s birthday.

“I had promised my little sister to take her out to the mall for her birthday. I really miss her vocal tunes in church,” she said.

Ndlela added that if it wasn’t for the accident, Sinethemba would have been in the school choir that sang yesterday and at the memorial.

Mpume Zondo, mother of Amahle (5), who survived the crash but suffered a broken arm and bruises, said she is still in a lot of pain.

“She is still at home at the moment recovering. I’m really scared of bakkies right now but we are faced with transport problems,” she said.

Fezokuhle Primary School principal Bhekane Nkwanyane said officials have started ­sending counsellors to assist ­pupils and teachers.

Chairperson of the school governing body, Bhotsotso Mahlaba, said: “We want ­January 28 to be treated as a ­memorial day at Fezokuhle ­because we don’t wish this day to ever be forgotten.”

• Santaco donated R100 000 towards Fezokuhle Primary School to assist them and affected families.


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