24 February 2012 7 Education
Rendani lends a valuable hand to matrics Helping other pupils to realise their educational dreams is a way of life for 18-year-old Rendani Nefale of Nzhelele. A chartered accountant in the making, Nefale is a second-year BCom student at the University of Cape Town. As part of his community service, Nefale voluntarily uses all his university vacations to assist learners at his previous school with revision work, bursary applications, career choices and tertiary admission applications for those in Grade 12. He completed his Grade 12 at Mopane Intermediate School, near Musina, in 2010. He obtained distinctions in Mathematics, Economics and A second-year BCom student at the University of Cape Town, Rendani Nefale assists Mopane Life Orientation and B symbols in Tshivenda, English, AccountIntermediate School´s pupils with their school work. By Mashudu Netsianda
Rapist caught snoring in victim’s bed A 26-year-old man from Chivi village outside Beit Bridge was caught snoring heavily in the hut of a 72-year-old granny he had just raped, after he fell asleep. This gave her a chance to sneak out and alert her neighbours. Local police spokesperson Inspector Tinaye Matake confirmed the incident, which occurred at Chivi village on Friday last week. He said the suspect went to the old woman’s homestead in the evening. “On arrival, the man pushed open the door, which was not locked but was only supported from within by a wheelbarrow and a stone. The door easily gave way, but the noise made by the wheelbarrow jolted the granny from sleep. The man entered the room and grabbed the granny, trying to force himself on her, but the old woman, who was already alert, refused to budge,” he said. A tug-of-war ensued between the two, with the young man trying to gag the screaming granny with his hand. He managed to overpower her and raped her once. After raping the old lady, the young man fell asleep. When he was snoring heavily, the old lady sneaked out of the hut and alerted her neighbours, who came and apprehended the suspect and handed him over to the police. The suspect will soon appear in court soon, facing a rape charge By Tshifhiwa Mukwevho
Boy commits suicide A young man apparently killed himself shortly after arguing with his father. The incident occurred on 6 February at about 18:30 in Maebane village. Thanyani Samson Rakgaba (24) apparently hanged himself with a belt at his home, shortly after arguing with his father, Mr John Rakhavha. According to the police report, Mr Rakhavha used to send his son, Thanyani, to withdraw money from the bank. The money had to be used to fulfil the domestic needs of the family. It is alleged that the young Rakgaba took advantage of the situation and misused his father’s debit card to withdraw separate amounts each time for his own use. When Mr Rakhavha became aware that money was being withdrawn from his account, and that those unauthorised withdrawals only happened on days he had sent Thanyani to town, it was too late. He confronted Thanyani on the spot, but the latter denied ever withdrawing any money other than the amounts his father had directed him to withdraw. It seems that the young man then killed himself as a way to prove that he had not been stealing his father’s money. He left behind three short suicide notes for his family members to understand his reason for taking his own life. The spokesperson for the Tshilwavhusiku police, Constable Musiwalo Mahuwa, said that an inquest docket had been opened, following the incident.
ing and Computer Application Technology. He says he is doing the community service voluntarily and his wish is to contribute towards an educated future nation. “This is the best I can offer to my former school. I learnt a lot of things at the university, and I want to encourage those younger than me to choose their careers wisely. I have been doing this since last year and it is paying off.” Nefale also organises extra lessons for the pupils at no cost. “We do afternoon and Saturday classes and I try to push the syllabus as fast as possible, so that when their teachers teach them, they are familiar with the subject matter. I have also received a positive response from teachers, who say I am making their work
very simple.” He says he prides himself on several learners who passed Grade 12 at the school last year who are now at tertiary institutions. “I have received several calls from them, thanking me for the kind assistance. I even helped others to apply for bursaries and they are today studying at tertiary institutions.” He stresses the importance of education: “Because I passed Grade 12 with flying colours, I even turned down a job offer by a UK company which promised me a R50 000 monthly salary. The most important thing for now is to complete my studies and continue to give support to high school learners to realise their educational dreams.”
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