‘Good luck for your exams, my son’ – mom’s last words to stabbed pupil

2015-11-05 12:41
(File, Nielen de Klerk, News24)

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Durban – Standing at the door holding a pen and a pencil in his hand, Lungisani Ngema looked back at his mother. “Good luck for your exam, my son,” she called out to him.

“Thanks my ol’ lady, I will see you later,” Lugisani said back. But Zanele Mazibuko never saw her son alive again. That Tuesday afternoon, as he was about to leave school, he was fatally stabbed.

After getting the news of the stabbing she sat anxiously in a taxi waiting for it to fill up, but eventually she used money from her social grant she just collected, to pay the driver for the three empty seats so he would just drive and get her to the school.

Lungisani, 17, a Grade 9 pupil from Hlamvana High School in Esikhawini, outside Richards Bay, was about to leave after writing an economics exam when he was fatally stabbed in the chest inside the school premises.

Mazibuko, 34, on Thursday retraced his final moments with her.

Lungisani woke up at around 08:00 and cleaned her room, she said.

He then took a bath and ate whatever food was left over from the night before because there was no money to buy bread.

“He ate and got ready to go and write his economics exam, which was at 14:00,” said Mazibuko.

At around 15:45 Mazibuko received a phone call from Lungisani's brother’s girlfriend, saying that he had been hurt and she needed to rush to the school.

‘I was scared, I was crying’

Mazibuko was in a queue collecting her monthly social grant when she got the news. She left and rushed to the taxi rank in Empangeni.

“I sat in the taxi waiting for it to get full and when I realised that it was taking too long. I decided to pay for the three empty seats so that we could leave.

“I sat in the taxi, I was scared and I cried the whole way because I feared the worst.”

Mazibuko got off at the bus stop and ran to the school. As she came closer her worst fears were confirmed.

“There was a huge crowd of people standing around him, teachers, other learners and neighbours. I had to push my way through and I saw him lying there. He was dead.”

Mazibuko said she fell to the ground and cried next to her son’s lifeless body.

‘He wanted to be a lawyer’

“I was told he was stabbed by a 15-year-old boy from Mkhobosa Primary School. This is the same boy that stabbed him last month. When I asked him what they were fighting about, he refused to tell me.

“Teachers told me that he [Lungisani] was leaving the school and coming home when he was stabbed.”

Mazibuko said she was heartbroken about her son’s death.

“He wanted to become a lawyer and I know that he would have made a great lawyer. He was also very caring towards his three siblings.”

KZN police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane confirmed a case of murder was opened. No arrests have been made.

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