Family miss their angel

2019-02-06 15:31
Philasanda Zondo (12) was killed on Monday morning after a taxi collided with the car she was travelling in. The taxi driver is in police custody and has been charged with culpable homicide, reckless and negligent driving as well as drunk driving.

Philasanda Zondo (12) was killed on Monday morning after a taxi collided with the car she was travelling in. The taxi driver is in police custody and has been charged with culpable homicide, reckless and negligent driving as well as drunk driving. (Brian Zondo)

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“She was my angel. I miss her so much”.

These were the words of the heartbroken father of Philasanda Zondo (12) as he recounted how his daughter was killed in Church Street on her way to school on Monday morning.

Brian Zondo was travelling along Church Street with Philasanda, son Fetokuhle (6) and his youngest sister (15) when their car was hit by a taxi filled with passengers.

Sources who were at the scene of the accident said the taxi driver had skipped a red traffic light and drove straight into Zondo’s car.

They said Philasanda and Fetokuhle were thrown from the car and Philasanda died instantly.

Fetokhule was rushed to hospital in a serious condition while Zondo and his teenage sister sustained minor injuries.

The taxi driver was arrested at the scene by police and has been charged with culpable homicide, reckless and negligent driving as well as drunk driving.

Zondo said he and his family are “heartbroken” and are not coping very well.

“She was turning 13 this year,” he said. “She was respectful, soft-hearted and gentle. She was always caring for her friends and helping around the school.

“She loved to help people. She was just my angel,” said Zondo.

He said he had been “absolutely blessed” with his children and that his daughter and son were very close to him and their mother, Ntokozo.

“There are so many wonderful memories of Philasanda, so many good times. I miss her so much,” he said.

Zondo said his son was still in ICU at St Anne’s Hospital and while he “is not doing very well”, he is awake and talking to his father.

“He just wants to go home. He wants me to stay with him. He does not want to talk to anybody else. He doesn’t know about his sister.

“Fetokuhle and his sister were also very close,” he said.

Zondo said his son had suffered a fracture to his skull and was bruised.

“My sister and I were discharged from hospital the day of the accident. I pulled my arm. It is not too serious.

“I saw my daughter at the scene and saw [her death] was just instant.

“I was not really focusing on anything else.

“God is the judge of people, however justice must be served,” said Zondo when asked about the taxi driver who has been accused of drunk driving.

Philasanda was a grade eight pupil at Heather Secondary School, and before that had been at Northdale Primary School since Grade R.

Northdale Primary School principal Sue Singh said the entire school “is just devastated”.

“She liked to help people. She was soft, and gentle. She was a little angel with a beautiful smile,” singh said.

The 23-year-old taxi driver is expected to appear at the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

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