Stu­dent dies in crash

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A 19-YEAR-OLD stu­dent from the Sol Plaatje Uni­ver­sity has been killed in a mo­tor ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent.

Shereez Jonas died af­ter the ve­hi­cle she was trav­el­ling in crashed into the wall of a house in Barkly Road, Kim­ber­ley.

Jonas was de­clared dead on the scene, while the driver of the ve­hi­cle sus­tained mi­nor in­juries and an­other pas­sen­ger was trans­ported to a hos­pi­tal in Kim­ber­ley where he is still be­ing treated in the ICU.

Jonas’ fam­ily was yes­ter­day still in mourn­ing fol­low­ing her death.

They de­scribed her as “a bright, shin­ing star, whose smile could bring light to any sit­u­a­tion”.

Ac­cord­ing to the fam­ily, Jonas had at­tended mid­night mass with her par­ents and sib­lings at the AGS Roepers­fontein Church, where she was an ac­tive mem­ber, only hours be­fore the fa­tal ac­ci­dent on Jan­uary 1.

She went out after­wards and was trav­el­ling to her home in Rood­e­pan with two friends when the driver ap­par­ently lost con­trol over the ve­hi­cle, caus­ing it to crash into the wall of a house in Barkly Road.

Fam­ily mem­bers were called to the scene but she had al­ready died as a re­sult of her in­juries when they ar­rived.

They said that her death was a hor­ri­ble start to the new year, with the world of those who knew her, com­ing to a com­plete stand­still on New Year’s Day.

“She was the kind­est, most lov­ing per­son you could ever know. She was so full of life and made a dif­fer­ence to the lives of ev­ery­one who crossed her path. Her smile could light up any sad sit­u­a­tion,” they told the DFA yes­ter­day.

Fam­ily mem­bers added that she had a bright fu­ture ahead of her and was “taken away too soon”.

“She was a big dreamer, with a lot of plans for the fu­ture,” they said, ad­ding that she was sup­posed to start a new part-time job at Transnet on Mon­day.

Jonas ma­tric­u­lated from North­ern Cape High School in 2016 and started study­ing Civil En­gi­neer­ing at CUT in Bloem­fontein dur­ing 2017.

In 2018 she started study­ing to­wards a Bach­e­lors of Science De­gree at the Sol Plaatje Uni­ver­sity in Kim­ber­ley and was due to con­tinue her stud­ies this year.

“She was not only an in­tel­lec­tual but also had a flair for the artis­tic. She was our own per­sonal stylist and had a tal­ent for hair­dress­ing and in­te­rior de­sign. She was the full pack­age – some­one who ex­celled at every­thing she took on. She will be sorely missed by ev­ery­one who knew her.”

Jonas was also ac­tively in­volved in church and was a youth leader at the AGS Roepers­fontein Church dur­ing her ma­tric year.

Vice chan­cel­lor and prin­ci­pal of the Sol Plaatje Uni­ver­sity, Pro­fes­sor Yunus Bal­lim, yes­ter­day said that the uni­ver­sity was sad­dened to learn of the tragic pass­ing of one of its students.

“Young uni­ver­sity students carry a par­tic­u­lar note of promise with them and when their lives are sud­denly ended our uni­ver­sity also feels the sharp­ness of this loss of promise. The Sol Plaatje Uni­ver­sity com­mu­nity sends its heart­felt con­do­lences to the Jonas fam­ily. Their loss is also our loss,” Bal­lim said.

A me­mo­rial ser­vice for Jonas will be held at Pesco­dia High School, at 8am on Satur­day. She leaves be­hind her par­ents and two older sis­ters.

Po­lice yes­ter­day con­firmed that po­lice in Rood­e­pan are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a cul­pa­ble homi­cide case fol­low­ing the death of a 19-year-old fe­male from Rood­e­pan in a ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent.

“The de­ceased was a pas­sen­ger in a VW Polo that crashed into a house in Barkly Road at ap­prox­i­mately 6.16 am on New Year’s Day af­ter the driver al­legedly lost con­trol of the ve­hi­cle.

“The 24-year-old male driver as well as an­other male pas­sen­ger were trans­ported to a local hos­pi­tal for med­i­cal treat­ment. No ar­rest has been made and po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions are con­tin­u­ing,” po­lice spokesper­son, Colonel Mashay Gamiel­d­ien, said.

not aware of hav­ing en­tered any com­pe­ti­tion run by the prize pro­mot­ers.

“The e-mail may be per­son­ally ad­dressed to you but it has been posted us­ing bulk mail send­ing fa­cil­i­ties to many oth­ers lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally,” the min­istry warned.

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