Family and friends to continue Khumalo Boi’s dream

2014-07-14 00:00

JAKE “Khumalo Boi” Smith’s dream was to one day be a champion super drifter.

The motorsport star and South African BMX champion’s death at only 23 robbed him of this dream, but his family and friends are pursuing it through the establishment of the Jake Smith Khumalo Boi Foundation.

Deon Olivier, one of Smith’s friends, said they wanted to purchase his two vehicles to make them available to train up-and-coming drifters.

“Jake still owed money for his vehicles so we want to keep them for his legacy,” said Olivier.

He said the funds collected through the foundation will also be used to arrange a sport scholarship at Carter High School, where Smith went to school. “We will also use them to donate a sports trophy to Carter High School,” said Olivier.

Smith was cremated on Friday morning, the day before he would have participated in his first-ever Super Drift contest. But motorsport enthusiasts came from all over the country do it “sideways” on Saturday at the Mkondeni Market.

A diverse crowd of people packed the market to capacity to watch racers burn rubber and burst tyres.

The event, which started around noon and ended in the early evening, was dedicated to Smith’s memory.

At a party later, his close friend, Chris Ireland, said he wished Smith was there. “Jake was the spitting image of Nelson Mandela because he believed in equality for all and he lived life like that.”

Smith spoke fluent Zulu and mixed with everyone with ease, he said. “The city, the country and the world have been robbed of a rising superstar who never saw colour.”

Ireland said once Smith had told him that if he were to die he wanted a party held in his honour.

“That is why we are here at the Tiger Tiger PMB because that is where he used to party and if he was here he would be on the dance floor doing his crazy dance moves.”

Tiger Tiger PMB is where Smith spent his last night alive and the club was packed with people wearing T-shirts with Smith’s emblems. Many were in tears watching a slide show depicting his life.

Robin Volmink, who was present when Smith was killed, said: “Every time I go to sleep I can’t help but see the image of a dying Jake gasping for air after he was stabbed.

“I only came to this place with Jake and no one else because he turned this place alive and did not deserve to die like this because we were not even jumping any queue but were just waiting for my girlfriend.

“Jake never talked bad about anybody, even when his boss was giving him problems he would simply say, ‘Don’t worry he will come around, I will get to him.’”

Volmink said Smith had a pure heart. “I am beginning to understand that Jake lived an extraordinary life and he was taken from us so that extraordinary things can happen in his absence.”

Kurt Volmink, who was Smith’s mentor, said: “Jake was truly one of a kind and I thought I was teaching him something but I realise that he taught me a lot. I think God was just teasing us with a life of somebody like him.”

Mason’s Mill, where Smith honed his drifting skills, was also packed with drivers spinning their cars and food was dished out to children from the surrounding Imbali township yesterday, as that is what Jake used to do when he went there.

Meanwhile, murder accused Sbonisa Dlamini (27) will appear in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court tomorrow.

Banking details for the foundation:

Bank: FNB

Account name: Jake Smith Khumalo Boi Foundation

Account number: 62483025493

Branch number: 221425

Should you have any further queries, contact Deon Olivier.

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