The 21 teens that died at Enyobeni tavern were described as full of dreams and ambitions. PHOTO: Twitter/@PresidencyZA
The 21 teenagers who mysteriously died at Enyobeni tavern were not just irresponsible party-goers but rather beautiful souls. Each of them had ambitions, and dreams and was looking forward to the future.
THE 21 TEENS WHO DIED IN THE ENYOBENI TRAGEDY WERE LAID TO REST
Giving a eulogy at the funeral, President Cyril Ramaphosa paid respect to every single one of the 21 teenagers. The funeral of the 21 children was attended by many Parliamentary delegates and politicians. Some of the community members at the funeral were clad in ANC T-shirts and doeks.
Lithemba Velapi – The 20-year-old was looking forward to studying Tourism Management at Buffalo City College soon.
Kungentando Nzima – Nzima was a Grade 12 learner at Alphandale Senior Secondary School. The late matric pupil had a passion for mathematics.
Lilitha Methuko – The young girl would have turned 17 years old on the day before her funeral. She had told her mother she planned to buy two cakes in celebration of her birthday. Unfortunately, that never happened.
Lungile Bekiso – He lived in Scenery Park. The teenager liked playing soccer with friends. He would have turned 17 years old in November
Ovayo Mateyise – Ovayo would have turned 15 years old the day before his burial. He attended Lumko High School and his hobbies included playing soccer and watching rugby.
Inamandla Wexu – Inamandla was described as a “brilliant learner”. When his family asked about his recent exams, Inamandla told them: “You know I never fail.”.
Ovena Ngoloyi – Ovena was a popular girl at school. One of her friends wrote on her Facebook page that: “Greet those in the house who have left us, and please be our star when we go out at night.” Ovena was buried on Tuesday by her family in Middledrift.
Sikelela Tshemese – He was a quiet 15-year-old. He was described as respectful and helpful around the house.
Simele Bolsiki -Simele was known in the community for always looking neat and tidy. The teen was described as a hard worker at Qaqamba Senior Secondary School.
Azizipho Zilindile– His siblings said they will miss how he was always patient with them. Azizipho is said to have loved children. One of his teachers described him as a gentle spirit.
Esinako Sanarana – This 17-year-old had dreams of becoming a lawyer.
Sinothando Mgangala – Sinothando went to Mthiza High School and enjoyed spending time with friends.
Bhongolethu Ncandana – She had dreams of becoming a policewoman. The Grade 12 pupil attended West Bank High School.
Nathi Ngqoza – Nathi had ambitions of becoming an actress and competing in the Idols competition. She was 17-years-old.
Aluncedo Monelo – Aluncedo was a talented artist who drew portraits of family members and of people in the community. He was 17-year-old.
Sandanathi was in Grade 9. Her school had a memorial service where her classmates described her as a beautiful flower with a lovely smile.
He was the youngest of the children, aged just 13-years-old. He attended Zwelemfundo Primary School. His last words to his mother the night that he left for Enyobeni tavern were: “I’m coming back, Mama.”