Tears flow for boy who ‘made peo­ple laugh’

Fam­ily and friends say a sad good­bye to 11-year-old Ru­bin

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - BRON­WYN DAVIDS

THE Kens­ing­ton Com­mu­nity yes­ter­day said their fi­nal good­byes to 11-year-old pupil Ru­bin Septem­ber, who died in gang cross­fire.

The fu­neral service, which was held at the Docks Mis­sion Church in Kens­ing­ton, was at­tended by Septem­ber’s fam­ily, friends, teach­ers, neigh­bours and com­mu­nity mem­bers.

Speak­ers de­scribed him as a “jolly boy” who loved mak­ing peo­ple laugh. Kens­ing­ton CPF sec­re­tary Ch­es­lyn Steen­berg said: “He was a hum­ble child whose life had to end like this – by one bul­let. It is so sad. What can we say? We thought this young man was one of those who would be able to rise above his cir­cum­stances and what hap­pened here was that dream was killed, at the age of 11.

“We hope and trust that no other as­pi­ra­tions or vi­sions will be killed by the hand of the gang­sters.”

Fam­ily mem­bers de­clined to speak to the me­dia yes­ter­day and ral­lied around his mother, Shireen Septem­ber, who looked dev­as­tated.

They qui­etly went about sup­port­ing each other, tak­ing care of el­derly neigh­bours who had made their way to the Mait­land ceme­tery, Ru­bin’s fi­nal rest­ing place.

Ru­bin was a Grade 4 learner at Win­der­mere Pri­mary in Kens­ing­ton.

His death was ev­ery bit as tragic as it was undig­ni­fied.

Ru­bin was caught in cross­fire be­tween ri­val gangs near his home while re­turn­ing from the shop.

He was still dressed in his school uni­form.

Heart­break­ingly, his body was found ly­ing in the street the next morn­ing.

Po­lice spokesper­son Leon For­tuin says no one has been ar­rested and a case of mur­der is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

Steen­berg said: “The spec­u­la­tion was that two gangs shot at each other and the boy was caught in the cross­fire. We don’t know yet which gangs – that is still be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

“As a CPF, we have come out in full sup­port of the fam­ily, es­pe­cially when we say that we hope that the jus­tice sys­tem will not fail this fam­ily. As you know, the po­lice do their level best and the com­mu­nity do their best to get the in­for­ma­tion to our SAPS, but when it gets to court it’s another story.”

He added: “We hope that the jus­tice sys­tem does not fail this fam­ily. More­over, we hope that the jus­tice sys­tem does not fail the 20 chil­dren that have been killed in the West­ern Cape this year.”

Steen­berg said it was un­usual for such a shoot­ing to oc­cur in the Kens­ing­ton/ Fac­tre­ton area, but they were not immune to such crimes. He said it had now “hit home”.

“Out of this par­tic­u­lar hap­pen­ing, the com­mu­nity has ral­lied be­hind the ef­forts of the CPF.

‘He was a hum­ble

“More­over, we’d ap­pre­ci­ate it if we can con­tinue this jour­ney of con­tin­u­ous di­a­logue and part­ner­ship be­tween the com­mu­nity and the SAPS.

“By do­ing that, we are de­creas­ing crime to the core, so that we want to con­tinue the good part­ner­ship.

“We need to thank the com­mu­nity for their sup­port of the fam­ily and we need to thank the SAPS and Martin’s Fu­neral Ser­vices, who waived fees.

“These are the types of re­la­tion­ships that we ap­pre­ci­ate in our com­mu­nity,” said Steen­berg.

PIC­TURE: BHEKI RADEBE

Fam­ily and rel­a­tives of Ru­bin Septem­ber at the Mait­land ceme­tery, where Ru­bin was buried yes­ter­day.

Mourn­ers are con­soled at the ceme­tery.

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