Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
Five friends who were buried together in Soweto yesterday were described as a jolly bunch of youngsters who enjoyed life.
Cyril Tsame, 19, Happiness Mkhwanazi, 19, Mikateko Katlego Simango, 20, Linda Nkabinde, 19, and Percy Nyovane, 22, were buried at the Avalon Cemetery after a two-hour service at the University of Johannesburg's Soweto campus.
Six pupils died in a car crash on the M1 near Braamfontein, Johannesburg, last Saturday. They were returning home from a party in Rosebank in Johannesburg.
The sixth pupil, Nkoka Maluleke, was buried privately. Details of the funeral were not available.
Friends, family and schoolmates of the five friends could not hold back their tears during the mass funeral.
Kid Sithole, the programme director, did his best to try to console the mourners with his trademark jokes.
Pointing at the Forest High School pupils, Sithole said: "Look at them, their uniforms really resemble a forest."
A family member speaking for the Mkhwanazi family, said Happiness lived her life in a state of happiness.
"She was always happy and always tried to make those close to her happy too," he said.
"She really brought happiness to her family."
Obed Sibasa, representing Johannesburg metro police, said it was unfortunate that hundreds of people still died on the roads despite numerous attempts by the department to educate people about road safety.
Sibasa, who also does traffic reports for YFM and Jozi FM, said: "We urge all road users to obey all road signs and rules."
Reverend Radebe urged the youth not to take drugs and alcohol.
"God created you for a purpose, so use your life purposefully."