Meth shares grief of los­ing sons

Over­whelm­ing sup­port from across coun­try has helped her cope

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O R Tambo dis­trict mu­nic­i­pal­ity mayor No­makhosazana Meth has shared her pain after los­ing her two sons in a tragic ac­ci­dent just days into the new year.

“I just pray to God that He re­ceives them. If in­deed there is a place called heaven, these two won’t miss it.”

Bradley Meth, 18, and Ndipheleke Diko, 21, were in­volved in a fa­tal crash on a sharp bend on the N2 be­tween Payne lo­ca­tion and Ul­tra City near Mthatha on Jan­uary 5.

The two had been trav­el­ling with their cousin and a friend in a dou­ble-cab bakkie when the ac­ci­dent oc­curred.

Bradley and Ndipheleke were killed and the two other oc­cu­pants were treated and dis­charged from hos­pi­tal after sus­tain­ing mi­nor in­juries.

A dis­traught Meth said her sons, whom she de­scribed as “sweet, lit­tle an­gels”, died just hours after the fam­ily had cel­e­brated their pass­ing ma­tric with a lunch at Hem­ing­ways in East Lon­don on Fri­day.

Bradley, who was the mayor’s last born, ma­tric­u­lated from Khany­isa Se­nior Sec­ondary School and Ndipheleke (her brother’s son), who Meth had raised from the age of seven after his par­ents died, ma­tric­u­lated from Mthatha Col­lege.

“More than be­ing an aunt to him, I was in fact a mother and fa­ther. I raised him as my own son. I thank God for their beau­ti­ful lives. He has given us 18 years with Bradley and 21 years with Ndipheleke. My sons were sweet, they were just like light,” a heart­bro­ken Meth said.

She is now pre­par­ing to bury her sons at Emawe­leni vil­lage in Qwewe, near Mthatha, on Fri­day, Jan­uary 18. The fu­neral will com­mence at 9am.

“They had love amaz­ingly. On my birth­day on De­cem­ber 20, Bradley bought me beau­ti­ful flow­ers and bought me a small gift bag con­tain­ing a set of a watch, neck­lace and ear­rings.

“That I will never for­get, I will for­ever trea­sure it. I miss my boys very much. At times it seems it is just a bad dream.” Meth said her sons’ death was dif­fi­cult to com­pre­hend, but the over­whelm­ing sup­port she had re­ceived from many peo­ple across the coun­try had helped. “I re­ceived many calls, and one of them was from Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa per­son­ally.

“I re­ceived calls and mes­sages and vis­its from kings and queens, bish­ops and church lead­ers of var­i­ous de­nom­i­na­tions, lead­ers of the busi­ness sec­tor, politi­cians, gov­ern­ment and mu­nic­i­pal lead­ers, as well as or­di­nary peo­ple.

“With­out the sup­port from ev­ery­one, I could not have man­aged to pull through it. They were all just like my fam­ily. I am very ap­pre­cia­tive of such over­whelm­ing sup­port, which be­came the pil­lar of my strength.”

Meth said Bradley had wanted to study ar­chi­tec­ture and Ndipheleke wanted to study civil en­gi­neer­ing.

She said her 16-year-old grand­daugh­ter had been ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal, where she was be­ing treated for shock.

“She is still in hos­pi­tal. The doc­tors are tak­ing care of her.”

Meth said it had been dif­fi­cult bal­anc­ing her de­mand­ing job serv­ing the coun­try and time with her fam­ily.

“Hence I made a point that on New Year’s Day I give them enough time. I was plan­ning that this month I will have enough time with them and con­cen­trate on them and my house. I feel I have ne­glected my chil­dren and fo­cussed my time only on my work,” she said.

My sons were sweet, they were just like light No­makhosazana Meth

O R Tambo dis­trict mu­nic­i­pal­ity mayor

TREA­SURED SONS: Bradley Meth, 18, and Ndipheleke Diko, 21, killed in an ac­ci­dent on Jan­uary 5, will be buried on Jan­uary 18.

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