JOHANNESBURG: The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) has sent its condolences to the families of the young, talented South Africans who died in a horrific accident at the weekend.
The NYDA’s executive chairperson, Sifiso Mtsweni, said the untimely death of TV and radio presenter Akhumzi Jezile, singer Siyasanga Kobese and actor Thobani Mseleni and two others, was another loss of great talent in the country.
Mtsweni also expressed shock and sadness, saying their well-lived lives should encourage the youth to pursue their passion and instil a desire to serve South Africa with vigour.
“Their contribution to a better South Africa through their natural talents will continue to inspire a generation of limitless youth,” Mtsweni said.
“South African motorists and other road users need to adopt a responsible culture towards our roads by strictly adhering to road rules and regulations. We send our heart-felt condolences to their friends, families, colleagues and fans.”
“Their well-lived life will encourage youth to pursue their passion and desire to serve South Africa with vigour. Young people should take the lead and play a meaningful role in the heightened 365 days road safety programme led by the Department of Transport,” Mtsweni added.
The family of the late actor and television presenter Akhumzi Jezile has confirmed that he will be laid to rest in Johannesburg on Saturday.
Family spokesperson Percy Vilakazi says that a memorial service for the 29-year-old will be held on Thursday.
“He’s been based in Johannesburg with his mom and three siblings. They’ve been based this side for the longest time. The funeral will take place in Randburg and the memorial service will be on Thursday.”