A woman, Vuyolwethu Donashe, suffered a traumatizing loss after losing her husband, Ndumiso, and their two children, Siyamdumisa, 14, and Sidumise, 10, in a tragic car accident.
They are now set for burial in Zwelitsha, Qonce.
The family was on the way to Johannesburg to support Siyamdumisa in the second round of the International Arts Talent Showcase after she had qualified in Gqeberha in June for the next round of auditions.
But, instead, the sisters and Ndumiso died in the collision with a Mitsubishi Pajero on the N1 South from Bloemfontein near Tierspoort at about 6am on September 30.
Police spokesperson Sergeant Peter Kareli said police were investigating a case of culpable homicide.
Yesterday, 40-year-old Donashe was still battling to come to terms with her loss, according to her sister, Nomahlubi Stamper, 30.
“It is so painful, she [Donashe] is heartbroken, she is so heartbroken she cannot even express herself. She is in a state of disbelief, our trust is in the Lord, to be honest, it is painful but we trust in him,” Stamper said.
She said the family had been excited about the road trip and supporting Misa, who was overjoyed to have made it that far in the competition.
Both parents used to sing in the Qonce Methodist Church and the whole family were lovers of music, she said, with Misa also uploading her music to her own YouTube channel.
“She sang in the Cornerstone Assembles of God youth choir, she sang in her school choir, we are a family that loves singing. She would hum during everything she did. When she came back from school, she would play the piano.
“She told us she could not wait to showcase her talent in Johannesburg.
“A bubbly, kind-hearted girl, selfless, and she cared a lot about the wellbeing of her friends.
“My nephew would call me mom, he was more reserved than his sister. A gamer, he would call me to watch him playing. He would also play with his father and gave the warmest hugs,” Stamper said.
She described her brotherin-law as a selfless man and a family protector.
Harvest Christian School deputy principal Sally Bezuidenhout said the school flag had flown at half-mast following the tragic incident while teachers and parents came together on October 3 at the school entrance to lay flowers, letters of condolences and pictures.
The primary and high school held a memorial service on October 11, where teachers and pupils shared their memories of the two pupils.
A letter distributed by the school said: “Siyamdumisa (Misa) and Sidumise (Koko) were respectful, kind, compassionate, exemplary students who loved the Lord and Harvest school.
“We will miss their joyful smiles and cheerfulness. There was a peacefulness over the school on Tuesday, it was an incredibly emotional service, but comforting at the same time.”