‘New­cas­tle pupil loved rugby’ — mom

Weekend Witness - - News - LUNGA BIYELA

THE New­cas­tle school­boy who died while play­ing rugby on Mon­day had pleaded with his mother to al­low him to play the sport af­ter she had for­bid­den him to do so.

Bongukuhle Langa (17) of New­cas­tle High School died on the field while tak­ing part in tri­als, land­ing awk­wardly on his neck at­tempt­ing a tackle.

“He loved rugby. He was very good at it. I’d made him stop play­ing it a cou­ple of years ago, but he al­ways pleaded with me to al­low him to play and I even­tu­ally said that he could,” Bongukuhle’s mother Puse­letso Langa told Week­end Wit­ness.

She said her son had his fu­ture planned out and knew ex­actly what he wanted to do.

“He wanted to be a doc­tor and a busi­ness­man. Af­ter fin­ish­ing ma­tric, he was plan­ning to join the navy and spend some time there be­fore start­ing his stud­ies to be a doc­tor,” said the mother of two.

She de­scribed her son, who died two days short of his 18th birth­day, as a “very good boy” who was al­ways help­ful around the house.

“He was like the man of the house. He was al­ways so re­spon­si­ble.

“He al­ways had a smile on his face, and was al­ways laugh­ing. He liked to crack jokes a lot.

“He also loved singing, and he was very friendly. He had a lot of friends.

“But, when­ever he went some­where with his friends, he al­ways made sure that he was home be­fore the sun went down,” his mother said.

She said the fam­ily had taken the news of his death badly.

“We’re shocked. We’ve never ex- pe­ri­enced pain like this be­fore. His grand­mother … has also been badly af­fected as she brought him up.

“His younger brother Sazukuhle [15] also took it very badly be­cause they were very close.”

Langa said she had just ar­rived home from the post of­fice when a call came in to tell her she needed to “get to the school quickly be­cause Bongukuhle has been hurt”.

“When I got there, I found him ly­ing on the ground and he was sur­rounded by paramedics who were try­ing to re­vive him. Af­ter a while, they told me that he had died.

“I won’t be al­low­ing Sazukuhle to play rugby. He is also now afraid of the game,” she said.

She said New­cas­tle High School had been very sup­port­ive fol­low­ing her son’s death and teach­ers had vis­ited the fam­ily a num­ber of times.


Bongukuhle Langa’s mother said her son, who died af­ter an ac­ci­dent on the rugby field this week, was a laugh­ing boy who loved to crack jokes. He was a good boy who al­ways helped around the house, she said.

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