Murdered girl had big dreams
Fond memories Best friend cries as school friends and mourners remember Nonhlanhla Gumbi
● A close friend of a Durban schoolgirl found dead after she went missing last week broke down at her classmate’s memorial service yesterday.
Zine Mafanya could not contain herself as she recounted how Nonhlanhla Gumbi‚ 17‚ a Grade 12 pupil at Ziphathele High School, in Clermont‚ had dreamt about “becoming something” after her studies.
Nonhlanhla’s naked body was found in undergrowth, with bruises to her thighs and stomach, last week.
It is believed she had been raped‚ beaten and strangled to death.
She attended afternoon and weekend classes with her schoolmates and was last seen on Saturday afternoon.
Her body was found two days later. “She dreamt that one day we would become something. She liked school and wanted to study and become something in future. She was my angel and she was like my sister. We were regarded as twins.
“I love you and I’ll always love you‚” Mafanya said, as she sobbed before hundreds of mourners at the Clermont Hall.
Her class teacher‚ Zenzele Ntshalintshali‚ described her as an energetic and hardworking young girl who was always laughing.
“She has left a void in the school. She was among those pupils we were counting on to increase the pass mark because she was hardworking. One thing I know about her is that she was always laughing.
“Even the last time I saw her, on Saturday‚ I reminded her about lessons the next day and she just laughed. ZENZELE NTSHALINTSHALI Teacher “I will never forget her,” he said. School governing body chairman Sanele Shange appealed to the police to double their efforts to bring the perpetrators to book.
He urged the KwaZulu-Natal department of education to provide the school with bodyguards to ensure a safe environment for pupils.
“We can’t have a situation when we have the police, but something like this happens. We appeal to the police to work hard to arrest the people who did this immediately.
“Our schools are not safe and we’re appealing to the department to help us with bodyguards.”
“One thing I know about her is that she was always laughing. I will never forget her”