Buyi’s mother Thembisile Radebe has described her daughter as very religious, quiet and pleasant person.
36-year-old Buyi was one of the victims that died last Friday when Premier Mchunu’s body guard crashed into the vehicle she was travelling in.
“She always had a smile on her face and she had a good heart. She always cried when I shouted because she hated it when I raised my voice,” Thembisile said.
Buyi, who teaches in Empangeni left home on Monday, March 14, and that was the last time her family saw or heard from her.
Speaking more about her dead daughter, Thembisile recalled that Buyi had just finished her teaching degree and she was to graduate in May.
“She only started teaching in January and she was enjoying it. She has always had it tough but things were looking up for her. She was going to be the first in the family to graduate,” she said.
Recounting how she heard the news of her daughter’s death, Thembisile said she was woken up by loud knocks on her door in the early hours Saturday.
“When I opened the door, at around 04:00, I saw members of the church. I thought they were here to pray for my husband. I left the room and then I saw Pastor Ntombi and then I realised that something was wrong with Buyi.
I realised that my daughter was not with them. I told them that she left to go to church earlier and that I hadn’t heard from her.
I started crying because I knew something bad had happened. I didn’t hear the words that she had died but I knew that something happened,” she said.
Thembisile said when she told her husband Earnest on Saturday that their daughter, Buyi, had lost her life in an accident on Friday evening, she got no response.
But on Sunday, her blind and partially deaf husband bitterly sat in his wheelchair and wailed uncontrollably.
“I think he only processed what I said to him later. He sobbed like a woman and I just held him,” said Radebe.
Buyi Radebe and Nonto Ximba, both members of the Christ Embassy Church, were killed in the fatal auto crash last Friday when KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu’s lead vehicle in a blue-light convoy collided head on with their vehicle.
Meanwhile, the premier, who was not in the motorcade when the accident happened has visited the family. Mchunu visited both families on Sunday and offered assistance with the funeral arrangements and burials.
Thembisile has since shown enough courage after Buyi’s exit. She said she had accepted that her daughter was gone. She sent two of her sons to identify her daughter’s remains at the KwaDukuza Mortuary.
Buyi would be buried in KwaMbonambi on Saturday.