Tragedy strikes local TVET College

The late Thully Sibuyi.

Since school reopened in January, students from the local TVET college have not received the R789 for transport nor the R2 097 for accommodation.

The students are forced to walk or hitchhike to get to the college.

Sibuyi, who was an N6 student in public management, died on Friday April 20 after she was hit by a car while on her way to the college.

Lwazi Shongwe, student representative council president, believed that the accident that claimed Sibuyi’s life could have been avoided.

Lwazi Shongwe

“Since the beginning of the year, we have not yet received the allowances. If we were provided with transport allowances, this accident could have been avoided,” said Shongwe.

He said they were promised theirs last Tuesday, but were later told that the chief operation officer, Doctor Dlamini, was on suspension and no one was available to authorise any payments.

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“Hopefully, on Wednesday May 2 we will receive our allowance. We have been told that there is someone who has been appointed on an acting basis to approve the payment,” added Shongwe.

The incident that claimed Sibuyi’s life occurred at Eskalini on the R40 between Barberton and Mbombela.

According to an eyewitness, she was rushing to get a lift from a driver with whom her friends had hitchhiked.

She could not see the cars coming from the direction of Barberton and was then hit by a vehicle coming from that direction.

The late Thully Sibuyi.

She was rushed to Barberton General Hospital where she eventually succumbed to her injuries.

Sibuyi was laid to rest at Cork Village near Mkhuhlu on Saturday.

Her memorial service was held last Wednesday at the local campus’ incubation centre hall, a building which used to house Albany Bakery.

Family members, fellow students and lecturers came to honour her.

Speaking at the memorial service, her mother, Antonetta Ndlovu, delivered a moving tribute about her daughter that left many in tears.

Thully Sibuyi’s mother, Antonetta Ndlovu (right), supported by a relative.

“I was raising Thulisile (Thully) alone. She was a focused child who took her studies seriously. She had promised me that when she completed her studies, she would take care of me once she got employment,” said Ndlovu.

She said her child dreamed of becoming a professional nurse, but due to financial constraints she could not pursue her dream career.

Sibuyi started primary school at Jongilanga in 2003. She went on to complete matric at Bunny Khosa High School in 2014.

She enrolled for public management at the local TVET in 2017 where she did her N4 and 5. At the time of her death she was doing her N6.

At the time of going to press, neither the TVET College spokesman, Mxolisi Ndimande, nor the Department of Higher Education had commented on the non-payment of allowances for students.

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Richard Nkosi
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