The late Prayer Chanda-kafambira. Photo: Supplied

School learner found dead near mall


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The family of Prayer Chandakafambira (17), a Grade 11 learner at Academia Private School in Bela-Bela, are traumatized after he was found dead close to a traffic light intersection near the Bela Mall on Thursday 10 May.

Chandakafambira, a Zimbabwean national, was living with his family in town.

His family reported him missing on Thursday, according to Lt. Col. Abel Phetla, detective commander at the Bela-Bela SAPS.

He was found dead near the mall on the same day late in the afternoon.

The boy was found at the scene wearing a ‘Warrie ondersteuner’ shirt, according to WO Dana Smith, investigating officer. 

It was assumed that he was a learner at Hoërskool Warmbad, but Paul Liddle, principal of the Warries, said that he never attended the school.

According Smith, the police are investigating a case of culpable homicide, but the circumstances surrounding the young man’s death and how he was found lying in the road, is still unclear at this stage.

Chrisna van der Walt, principal at Academia Private School, said that Chandakafambira was an examplary learner. 

She said that he attended the school since 2015.

According to one of his educators, Blondie Weyers, the boy recently became distracted and claimed that he suffered from headaches since his return from Zimbabwe during the recent school holidays.

“He was very much loved and the other learners saw him as a big brother. His sudden death is a mystery,” said Weyers.

The learners decided to create a memorial wall for him at the school, by writing him messages and displaying them at the school outside the main building.

A memorial service for him will be held at the school within the next two weeks. The learners are also receiving counselling. 

* Two other culpable homicide cases had also taken place on Wednesday 9 May near the Shell petrol station in Potgieter Street and on Saturday 12 May outside of Bela-Bela on the R101 road to Modimolle.

According to the police, a truck with a trailer tried to turn into the business and shopping complex across from Shell on Wednesday. The trailer somehow hooked a pedestrian and was run over.

The police are still investigating.

The identity of the victim is still unknown, since no family member has come forward.

A man, allegedly a Zimbabwean, was run over on the R101 close to the Swift diesel fuel depot on Saturday.

Phetla said it is alleged that an alleged hit-and-run vehicle ran the man over.

The man died at the scene.

The identity of the victim is also still unknown at this stage.

2 years ago       17 May 2018