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My son's death changed my life

By unknown | Mar 14, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Charles Mngadi

Charles Mngadi

It is so sad for a father to lose a son, especially when his life was snuffed out at the age of 22 by a heartless yob who plunged a knife deep into his neck. It is very sad that my son died such a tragic and brutal death.

A 2am call from a stranger on March 9 changed my life.

"Your son Vincent Mngadi, (pictured), has passed away," the stranger said.

He was stabbed with a knife by a 22-year-old boy at a party in Zakariyya Park, about one and a half kilometres from my house. His friends took him to Chris Hani Baragwanath-Hospital, where he was certified dead.

I knew a minute after the caller had hung up that my life would never be the same again. He was a very healthy boy, who looked like a soldier in mufti.

And if I knew that he was going to lose his life at the particular party, I would have protected him by not allowing him to go. Unfortunately, both of us didn't know he would meet his untimely death at that party.

Go well my son. I and the rest of the family will miss you. Vincent Mngadi was born in Dobsonville, Soweto, in 1985, the first child of Charles and Priscilla Mngadi. He will be buried tomorrow at Lenasia Cemetery.


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