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Brenda twist in Lebo's death

By unknown | Nov 03, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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Nhlakanipho Funeka, the young man who was driving Lebo Mathosa on the morning of her death, has apologised.

"I am so sorry that Lebo died. I have said so to her family."

Speaking for the first time since the accident two weeks ago, the 20-year-old said he was still dazed and confused from the trauma of the car crash. He said he was daily trying to free his mind from the nightmare of the tragedy.

Funeka pleaded with the public to understand that he loved Mathosa as much as they did.

"I respect the media but, for now, I need time to grieve [the death of] a friend and come to terms with the events of October 23.

"I am trying to cope by surrounding myself with people so that I stop thinking about the tragedy.

"The support of family, Lebo's and my friends, has helped," he said.

Funeka denied that he had been receiving counselling.

"I will miss Lebo's good, loving heart, love for fans, family and friends.

"In the three months of our friendship, she taught me to be positive about life, not to take it for granted and live every day as if it was my last day. Incidentally, that was the last thing she said to me on Sunday."

Funeka, thinking back, said there were lots of things she said that suggest she might have had a premonition about her impending death.

"I think it was meant to be," he said.

"That Sunday was a great day, from morning until the time we went to see my dad [Nhlanhla Mbambo] to going to Parktown and hanging out with friends at the party," Funeka said wistfully, adding that Mathosa presented his father with a linen comforter.

Talking about that Monday, the traumatised Funeka said: "I am still confused and don't know how to handle the tragedy, people or the media.

"Hanging out and losing Lebo has taught me to use my time fruitfully. I am not sure how I survived. I can only say it's a miracle."

Funeka revealed he had been to the Mathosa family a couple of times.

"The family was very supportive. They said the accident was one of the things that had to happen, a calling from God, and that I should not blame myself for being with her - I am who she wanted to be with."


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