Tributes pour in after Michaelhouse pupil dies suddenly


One of the leading private schools in KwaZulu-Natal has been plunged into mourning following the sudden death of one of its pupils.

Zanda Cele (14), a Grade 8 pupil at the private school Michaelhouse, died on Thursday morning after experiencing “mild flu symptoms”.

Cele apparently visited the school’s medical facility on Wednesday afternoon after he began to feel unwell, school director Anthony Clark said in a statement posted on the school’s Facebook page.

“He is in consultation with our school doctor, dr. Poole, treated. He spent the night in the infirmary and had a peaceful night’s rest,” reads the statement.

According to Clark, the boy was up and awake on Thursday morning.

“But when he later started to feel unwell again, arrangements were made to take him to Hilton Life Hospital. However, he collapsed shortly afterwards.”

Clark says cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was administered, but without any success.

“We express our deepest sympathy to Zanda’s family at this extremely difficult time. We ask that the school community will support Zanda, his family and the boys of the school with prayers as they come to terms with this tragic incident.

“Appropriate arrangements will be made for counseling and support for our boys as needed.”

Meanwhile, tributes poured in for the young boy on Facebook.

The Ashton International College in Ballito expressed their deepest condolences to the entire school community and especially to the family and friends of Zanda Cele.

“You are all in our thoughts during this incredibly difficult time. I wish you strength and support.”

Durban High School (DHS) says the principal, staff and boys of DHS express their deepest condolences to the Michaelhouse community and the family of Zanda Cele on his tragic passing.

“Words don’t mean much in times like these. Life is so precious and death so painful. Our community understands your pain and we stand by you at this time. Rest in peace young man.”