Talented matric killed

2012-10-24 00:00

PUPILS at Merlewood Secondary School had more than nerves to contend with ahead of exams after hearing of the death of a popular matriculant.

Ayanda Bhengu (18) and his best friend, Nsilelo Nbuna (15), were travelling from Pietermaritzburg early on Sunday morning when their vehicle collided with another near Umbumbulu.

Nsilelo, who was in Grade 10 at Merlewood, also died in the accident, together with another passenger in the vehicle.

Both teenagers lived in Mathulini near Hibberdene.

School principal Johannes Venter said pupils and teachers said a prayer before commencing exams on Monday morning.

“It was a sad time for the entire school. Both boys were good children who did their best.”

He said Bhengu was popular at the school, located about five kilometres from Port Shepstone, and was the lead singer in the choir.

He also played football and excelled in maths, science and English.

Speaking through her tears, Bhengu’s mother Janet said she was worried how her daughter Zamah (20) would cope with exams, as she was also in matric.

“We are all shocked and saddened by Ayanda’s death. He was such a good child. He loved school, acting, singing and dancing and was accepted to study toward a degree in accounting next year,” said Janet.

She said her son had spent a lot of time with Nsilelo and both boys had a bright and promising future.

“Nsilelo often stayed over and his grandmother thanked me for letting him come into my home,” she said.

Bhengu acted in plays such as Hairspray, at Ushaka Marine World, and Blood River at a theatre in Durban.

He recently started a dance group for street children.

“The children are very sad. They are going to perform the dance that Ayanda taught them at his funeral on Saturday,” said Janet.

Separate funerals for Bhengu and Nsilelo will be held at their respective homes. Nsilelo’s will be on Sunday.

His family could not be reached for comment.

The Witness understands that the Mid-Illovo police are in the process of investigating the accident.

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