Nhlanhla opens up about her loss

By Drum Digital
04 August 2010

IT’S been a tough year for the singer and although she’s looking as lovely as ever it’s clear she’s been through hell. She’s lost a lot of weight and sadness has replaced the laughter that once lit up her eyes.

But she, her husband and the rest of the family are doing better now, Nhlanhla Nciza says. Although every day is haunted by memories of the beautiful little girl they lost, they are slowly coming to terms with the tragedy.“We have made our peace with losing our little princess,” the 31-year-old Afro pop star says in a moving and admirably candid interview with DRUM. “We will always miss her but we are moving on.”

The country mourned with Nhlanhla and her husband, Thembinkosi “TK” Nciza, when five-year-old Zinathi was killed in a car crash shortly before Christmas last year (Goodbye, baby girl, 24 December 2009). The child was with her grandmother, TK’s mom Nomafu Nciza (54), en route I to a nearby nursery school to pick up Zina’s cousins when their car crashed into a tree. MaNciza, who suffers from high blood pressure, blacked out behind the wheel and suffered minor leg and chest injuries.

Zina, however, had serious head injuries and a crushed neck and was rushed to Benoni’s Glynwood Life Hospital. Doctors could do little to help her and she died four hours later, surrounded by her family. Nhlanhla has maintained a good relationship with her mother-in-law, who has been tormented with guilt over the death of her granddaughter.

“She took Zina’s death very badly and blamed herself but we’ve reassured her we don’t hold her responsible and still love her.It was just an accident and it’s been extremely difficult for her.

“She and Zina were very close and they were so alike people used to think Zina was her daughter. My little Zina was just like her gogo. TK’s mom was a beauty queen back in her day and was voted Miss Black Cape Town – she’s a beautiful woman. She and Zina looked similar and shared so many mannerisms, even the way they speak sometimes. We’ve just tried to support her through her pain. The whole thing has brought us closer as a family.”

Read the full article in DRUM of 12 August 2010

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