Meth shares pain of her loss

The Herald (South Africa) - - News - 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 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 the two oth­ers were treated and dis­charged from hos­pi­tal after sus­tain­ing mi­nor in­juries.

Meth said the boys, whom she de­scribed as “sweet lit­tle an­gels”, had died just hours after the fam­ily cel­e­brated their ma­tric passes with a lunch in East Lon­don.

Bradley, who was the mayor’s last-born, ma­tric­u­lated from Khany­isa Se­nior Sec­ondary School and Ndipheleke, whom 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.”

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

“On my birth­day on De­cem­ber 20, Bradley bought me beau­ti­ful flow­ers and 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. She said the deaths were dif­fi­cult to com­pre­hend, but she had had over­whelm­ing sup­port from across the coun­try.

“I re­ceived many calls, and one of them was from Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa per­son­ally.

“Since the tragic news I have re­ceived calls and mes­sages and vis­its from kings and queens, bish­ops and church lead­ers, de­nom­i­na­tions, busi­ness lead­ers, politi­cians, gov­ern­ment and mu­nic­i­pal lead­ers as well as or­di­nary peo­ple.

“With­out the sup­port I could not have man­aged.”

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

She said her 16-year-old grand­daugh­ter was be­ing treated for shock.

“In my kind of work I hardly have time with my chil­dren.

“Hence I made a point that on New Year’s Day I gave them enough time.

“I was plan­ning that this month I would have enough time with them.” –

Pic­ture: LULALMILE FENI

NO­MAKHOSAZANA METH

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