Emotions were high at Southbourne Primary School last week as parents of the late Kwanga Toni honoured their son’s memory by donating rugby kit to his former U13 rugby team.
The Rep reported (Boy, 13, dies in shooting, July 27 2018) that Toni tragically passed away in the veld near Queensview Park after he was allegedly shot with a gun which had been found near the residential area. He was playing with a 13-year-old friend in the veld in the residential area when the duo allegedly found a gun lying in the grass. Police spokesperson Captain Namhla Mdleleni had indicated that one of the boys allegedly checked to see if the gun was working and a shot discharged, hitting the boy who died instantly.
Principal Marelise Bekker said on the day of his passing, Toni had played a match against Hangklip and had showed great sportsmanship on the rugby field. 典he team won that day and the lesson to learn here is bigger than we can imagine. This is to maintain and build good relationships and show these lovely boys that they need to honour their friends and family. Toni was a strong leader and we want to remember him and keep him in our memories.”
Father, Myolisi Toni said as parents it was their duty to build relations and show support towards the school. “Kwanga’s passing affected everyone. Not only the family, but the school as a whole. Emotions are always there. We raised him, we watched him grow, but we had to come to terms with his passing.” His father described him as a good communicator and a well-mannered boy, indicating that he would have turned 13 on April 20.
Mother Namhla Toni appreciated the support given by the school and expressed gratitude for their assistance. “In the process of grieving, the school was supportive in every way possible. We have another boy who is also at the school and it was very difficult for him. At some point during exam time he left the exam room without writing a single word. The school was there, helping us throughout. This is to say thank you to the school. As hard as it is to forget and forgive we say thank you.”