The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU) wishes to extend its deepest and sincerest condolences to our former General Secretary cde Thulas, cde Sesi and the entire Nxesi family for the tragic loss of their daughter Lona.  17-year-old Lona died in a car accident near Kroonstad on Monday.  She was on her way home from boarding school in Bloemfontein.

We are at a loss for words that can soothe and lighten your agony.

When Thulas and Sesi engaged in many roles within SADTU, the family became part and parcel of the Union. Many members saw their children growing up in our midst. We therefore feel and share your pain, sorrow and loss.  You are in our thoughts during this trying time.

The pain of losing a child can never be compensated.  Lona was a sweetheart. Everyone who met her could not stop talking about her. She had huge dreams and hopes.   She is going to be relentlessly missed by everyone.

As we all mourn Lona’s passing on, take solace in the fact that you gave your best to nurture, guide and love Lona while she was with you.

ISSUED BY: SADTU Secretariat