Anesipho fought till the end

Anesipho Gotyana (19) fought till the end.

No parent deserves to bury their own child, this is a popular saying but it has so much truth to it. Anesipho Gotyana (19), who had fought tenaciously against a cancerous tumour that had forced her to drop out of school, has passed away. Last Wednesday, on May 24, this young woman passed away at Livingstone Hospital in Gqeberha. Anesipho’s father, Vusumzi Lukashe, who is occupied with his daughter’s funeral arrangements, has been showered with support from the public.

At the beginning of April of this year, I’solezwe lesiXhosa published a story about Anesipho in which her father requested the assistance of specialists.

Lukashe says that he asked for assistance when he realised he would not have enough money to cover the costs of the funeral arrangements and saw that time was running out. Up until this point, he has been able to obtain help with the funeral service, which will be organised by a provider of funeral services based in Makhanda. Additionally, an Addo lodging facility has contributed certain items.

He says that the funeral preparations were greatly aided by Petros Majola, the director of the Khula Community Development Project. “Tat’ Majola also helped; he was looking for donors to help us out financially. He discovered a member of an organisation in East London who agreed to pay for the tombstone,” he said.

“At this point, only the groceries and tent remain. There will be a lot of people, so I don’t know how much the groceries would cost. The tent costs about R900,” he added.

Following her three-day chemotherapy, Anesipho expressed a desire to go see her grandfathers in Makhanda, according to Lukashe. Even though she was feeble, he says she was still able to walk. “I travelled to Makhanda with her; we got there on a Friday, a week before she passed away. We left (last week) on a Monday, and I could tell she wasn’t feeling well since she couldn’t eat, and her tongue was even swollen. I informed her that I would leave her at the hospital so she could receive medical care. As soon as we returned from Makhanda on Monday, I dropped her off at the hospital,” explains Lukashe.

He says he frequently texted his daughter and that they exchanged a lot of messages since she was always on her cellphone. He says he attempted calling the hospital in vain after noticing she had been silent for hours on Wednesday. Finally, the dreaded call came in. “After 7pm, my wife received a call from the hospital informing us that Anesipho had passed away,” Lukashe explained.

If you would like to send donations to help with Anesipho’s funeral expenses, send them to her father’s Standard Bank account number 10008981483 (account holder: Vusumzi Lukashe).

Anesipho will be laid to rest on Saturday, June 3 at Glen Boyd Farm in Committees Drift, Makhanda.