Schoolmates and teachers of the youngsters who died at the Enyobeni Tavern in East London mourn their losses.
Ricardo Fillis, a teacher at Green Point Secondary School, described Azizipho Zilindile, whom he had known since the teenager entered 8th grade in 2020, as a child who stood out from his peers. span>
< p>Fillis said Azizipho, 16, always dresses neatly and has a sense of humor and great respect for his teachers and classmates.
“I used to call him my son and he called me ‘daddy’. He will be greatly missed by his teachers and colleagues. We thank God for his precious life. It was a pleasure to have met such a gentle spirit. May your soul rest in peace my son. Until we meet again,” Fillis said.
The school also lost Sandanathi Mahlakahlaka, 15, who was in 9th grade. Her classmates told that they hadn’t. t not only lose a classmate, but a flower, and said that in God’s kingdom a beautiful flower bloomed.< /p>
“Sandanathi was a shy child who was well behaved. She did her job with no problems. I wish the family peace, comfort, courage and lots of love at this time of sorrow. Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time. Sandanathi may be gone but the memories remain, including her beautiful smile. May your soul rest in peace, Sanda,” her classmates said in a joint statement.
Azizipho’s classmates wrote a note as the class offered their condolences to his family.
“Life didn’t prepare you to say goodbye to your child and you keep asking ‘why’. But there are no answers, so we grieve with silent tears as we reflect on the moments of the past days, months and years,” they said.
“Azizipho was so warm and loving person to everyone he met. He was full of life and always had a smile on his face. He has brought infinite joy into our lives. We remember how much we loved him since 8th grade. He was our source of happiness.
“One time we were sitting in class and he was having a conversation [with friends] and for no reason he started to laugh very loudly. Neither of us knew why he was laughing, but his laugh was so infectious that we all burst out laughing,” they said.
The principals, principal and students of West Bank High in East London sent their condolences to the family of a student who lost his life in the tavern. In a Facebook post, the school said it was mourning the loss of Bongolethu Ncandana.
“Our student and classmate is gone and free as a bird. Free to take to the skies as a student or friend that we will always remember. He’s gone from where we can see him, but he will always be in our hearts.”
Support independent journalism by subscribing to The Sunday Times. Only 20 R for the first month.