Mayor hurt­ing af­ter sons’ fa­tal car ac­ci­dent

Dou­ble death of Meth’s lov­ing boys

Sowetan - - News - By Lulamile Feni

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

These were the words of OR Tambo dis­trict mu­nic­i­pal­ity mayor No­makhosazana Meth, who shared her pain at los­ing two sons in a tragic ac­ci­dent just days into the new year. 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 boys had been trav­el­ling with their cousin and a friend in a dou­ble-cab bakkie when they crashed. Bradley and Ndipheleke were killed and other two were treated and dis­charged from hospi­tal af­ter sus­tain­ing mi­nor in­juries. A dis­traught Meth, who de­scribed the boys as “sweet, lit­tle an­gels”, said they died just hours af­ter the fam­ily had cel­e­brated their ma­tric pass with a lunch at Hem­ing­ways in East Lon­don on Fri­day. Bradley, who was the mayor’s last-born child, ma­tric­u­lated from Khany­isa se­nior se­condary school and Ndipheleke, who Meth had raised from the age of seven when his par­ents died, ma­tric­u­lated from Mthatha Col­lege. Ndipheleke was her brother’s son.

“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 the beau­ti­ful lives. He has given us 18 years with Bradley and 21 years with Ndipheleke. My sons were sweet, they were just like light.”

The boys will be buried at Emawe­leni vil­lage in Qwewe near Mthatha on Fri­day. “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 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 the death of her sons was dif­fi­cult to com­pre­hend.

“I re­ceived many calls, and one of them was from Pres­i­dent

‘‘ I miss my boys very much. At times it seems it is a dream

Cyril Ramaphosa per­son­ally.”

Meth said Bradley had wanted to study ar­chi­tec­ture and Ndipheleke wanted to ven­ture into the field of civil en­gi­neer­ing.

She said her 16-year-old grand­daugh­ter has been ad­mit­ted to hospi­tal where she is be­ing treated for shock.

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

/ SIKHO NTSHOBANE

OR Tambo dis­trict mayor No­makhosazana Meth mourns the death of her sons who died in an ac­ci­dent on Jan­uary 5.

Bradley Meth

Ndipheleke Diko

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