School loses two pupils in one week

2015-09-17 06:00

Sam Majola burnt to death in his room last week.

PHOTO:supplied Sam Majola burnt to death in his room last week.

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MISERY has gripped Sobantu Secondary after two pupils were killed in separate incidents last week.

Sphesihle Duma, a Grade 11 pupil from Sobantu, was allegedly stabbed to death by unknown men in town last week.

Sam Majola, a Grade 9 pupil from Cinderella Park was burnt to death in his room last Wednesday.

Sam who lived with his aunt, Nobelungu, had asked for a candle for his room, which was outside the main house, at about 9pm.

His brother Zibuzele said the family is still in shock by his death.

Although they are not sure how the fire started, but it is thought that Sam had tried to alert someone about the blaze and banged on his door after the fire had started. But it was too late by the time someone opened the room door.

A neighbour who went to the scene, Mpume Mzila, said it was only after community members and fire fighters had put out the fire, that they found him on the floor with his hands against the door.

“Although he was not screaming, we could hear him banging on the door and we saw smoke coming from the room. The blaze was too strong and community members couldn’t put out the fire. They were then assisted by the fire department. Everything happened so quickly - he was inside his room for less than an hour.”

Mzila said the other two rooms outside the main house that were rented by tenants were also burnt, although the tenants were not at home at the time.

A neighbour said Sam will be remembered as a sweet young man who was always respectful towards his elders.

He will be laid to rest at Ezinketheni on Saturday after a funeral service at home.

Attempts to get comment from the other family were unsuccessful

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