LATE gospel star Sfiso Ncwane’s eldest daughter has passed matric. And Sinqobile Mzelemu wishes to make her late dad proud by studying further.
But her biggest challenge is being able to afford the cost of a tertiary education. According to the 20-year-old, it was better when the late gospel star was still alive because he used to look after her. But this stopped when he passed on in 2016.
Sinqobile said she was in the dark about whether Sfiso had left her inheritance or not since she barely communicated with her step mum, Ayanda Ncwane.
Said Sinqobile: “This is a bitter-sweet moment for me. I wish my dad was here to congratulate me on my success. He always encouraged me to study hard and even promised to send me to the best schools if I passed matric. Unfortunately, he isn’t around to see my achievements, but I know he’s watching over me. I also have no doubt if he were around he’d be very proud of me.”
Sinqobile said the last time she received her dad’s money was in 2016, just before he died.
“At the time, I was doing Grade 10. After that, I never received any maintenance from him. I soon realised life wasn’t going to be easy and started working part-time as a domestic worker.”
She said this was to enable her to buy herself toiletries and other necessities.
“My mum couldn’t afford my school fees, as she’s unemployed,” Sinqobile said. “Now that I’ve finished my matric, I want to fulfil my late dad’s dream. He was an uneducated man and I want to make him proud. I also want to make my life better through education.”
She then asked for help from the public.
Pleaded Sinqobile: “I love animals and would love to become a veterinary physician [vet]. My second choice is marketing and my third is music. I’m pleading with good Samaritans to help me study further.”
Sinqobile said she’d applied to several tertiary institutions.
“But I was discouraged by the fact that I’d not have the money for the university fees. I’ve also tried to apply for NSFAS via CAO, but unfortunately I didn’t succeed.”
Said her mum, Neli Mzelemu: “I can confirm that I haven’t received child maintenance since her father died. I also don’t have money for her tertiary expenses. At this stage, I’m not sure if S’fiso left any inheritance for her. I’ve tried to get hold of Ayanda, but she doesn’t take our calls.”
Ayanda was not available for comment. She also failed to respond to our emails, SMSes and WhatsApp messages.
– Sunday Sun