A hero at heart will be missed

2019-03-19 06:00
Janet Ntozini.

Janet Ntozini.

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A Muizenberg High School (MHS) learner that was stabbed and killed in her community will be remembered by a life-size portait in her school hall.

Janet Ntozini, from Capricorn, was stabbed while trying to defend a disabled child in her community on Sunday 3 March.

Two memorial services were held for her on Wednesday last week; one at her school in the morning and the other at Capricorn Primary School by the community in the evening. The service at the school (Muizenberg) was attended by her family, provincial minister of education Debbie Schäfer, metro south director Granville Stander, past principals, staff members and learners.

Peter Petersen from the school says Ntozini was a valuable member of the girl’s soccer team and her number 7 jersey was handed over to her uncle.

“Her death has left the MHS community very sad, she will be remembered by a life-size portrait in the school hall. As a young person, she had her own personal struggles, but she overcame these with her sense of purpose.

“She always helped those who needed intervention and this she did up to the last... she laid down her life for another,” he says.

Vrygrond Community Development Forum-Education sector chairperson Linamandla Deliwe says the community was shocked but really comforted by the way the Muizenberg community and the school had supported her family.

“She was full of life. Her death really took everyone by surprise. What brings comfort to us is the fact that even in her death she managed to bridge the two communities (Capricorn and Muizenberg) and this is the kind of person she was. She always wanted the best for everyone. What we want now is to see justice being done,” he says.

The department of education provided counseling for the learners who needed it.

She was laid to rest on Saturday in the Eastern Cape.

A Muizenberg High School (MHS) learner that was stabbed and killed in her community will be remembered by a life-size portait in her school hall.

Janet Ntozini, from Capricorn, was stabbed while trying to defend a disabled child in her community on Sunday 3 March.

Two memorial services were held for her on Wednesday last week; one at her school in the morning and the other at Capricorn Primary School by the community in the evening. The service at the school (Muizenberg) was attended by her family, provincial minister of education Debbie Schäfer, metro south director Granville Stander, past principals, staff members and learners.

Peter Petersen from the school says Ntozini was a valuable member of the girl’s soccer team and her number 7 jersey was handed over to her uncle.“Her death has left the MHS community very sad, she will be remembered by a life-size portrait in the school hall. As a young person, she had her own personal struggles, but she overcame these with her sense of purpose.

“She always helped those who needed intervention and this she did up to the last... she laid down her life for another,” he says.

Vrygrond Community Development Forum’s Linamandla Deliwe says the community was shocked but really comforted by the way the Muizenberg community and the school had supported her family.“She was full of life. Her death really took everyone by surprise. What brings comfort to us is the fact that even in her death she managed to bridge the two communities (Capricorn and Muizenberg) and this is the kind of person she was. She always wanted the best for everyone. What we want now is to see justice being done,” he says.

The department of education provided counseling for the learners who needed it.

She was laid to rest on Saturday in the Eastern Cape.

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