Durban – A KwaZulu-Natal father buried his son and daughter on Sunday, after they were knocked down and killed by a minibus taxi last week.
Mthandi Shezi, 46, said his daughter Thelile, 16, and her brother Phumelele, 15, were buried in Nqabeni, in KwaMachi, near Port Shepstone.
The siblings, pupils at Umlazi Comtech High School, were killed when a minibus taxi mounted a curb and careened into them outside the Isipingo Reunion Station in Durban on Wednesday.
They had been waiting for transport to get to school early to attend a study session.
“Everything went very well. I was touched by the outpouring of support I received from the school, my friends, colleagues, and community. So many people came to pay their respects.”
Shezi said a generous donor had helped pay for the funeral.
“We are doing a cleansing ceremony this week and then I am going back to Durban.”
The single father and security guard was still struggling to come to terms with what happened. He said he was heartbroken.
He said his five children – Skhumbuzo, 27, Thandokuhle, 25, Wendy, 22, Thelile, 16 and Phumelele, 15 – were usually fast asleep when he left for work around 04:00 every morning. Once he was at work, he called the landline at home to wake them up.
On Wednesday, he was at work at Reunion Station when he heard a loud band and went to investigate.
“As I got closer, I saw four school children in Comtech uniforms. My heart started racing because my children go to that school.”
When he got closer to the debris he noticed his daughter’s lifeless body.
“My son Phumelele was lying not too far from her. I rushed to him and held his hand and he took his last breath in my arms,” Shezi said.