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How did that knife skip me?


Tau Motaung remembers his best friend Tshepiso Thompson.

Pictures: Soraya Crowie

Tau Motaung, who was with Tshepiso Thompson on the night he died, remembers his friend . . . 

“For those who don’t know me, I am Tau Motaung. I am Tshepiso’s best friend and he is mine. I am the last person Tshepiso spent the last minutes of his life with on that unfortunate night.

“This incident reminds me of the story of the good Samaritan. I never understood the story till i had to live the reality. I asked him myself questions & wondered if only neighbours had heard me, if only the first time car had stopped if only the cab driver had helped, or if granny had airtime, the ambulance would have come sooner and if my mom didn’t hesitate, Tshepi would have been alive.

“The biggest question I asked myself is why was I not stabbed, how did that knife skip me?

“I realised that the only reason why I made it out alive is because if I had died that day I would not have made it to heaven.

“Tshepiso was a very kind and gentle young man who always was willing to help and share.

Somehow I always made him laugh. In any situation I made him see the funny part to it.

“I remember a time we bunked school to go and chill at Queen’s Park. Just as we got comfortable we heard a deep baritone… Tshepiso!!

“And he said ‘tjo!! My Buda’. When we looked at this huge dark men we immediately took our bags and left him to take his beatings like a man should. When we got to school Tshepi was already there sulking and I could see he was more embarrassed then sad. I just looked at him and asked him if he found his son bunking at Queens Park, what would he have done?

“He laughed and said ‘yeeerrriii boi I would have kicked him so hard that I would feel it today.’

To his father I want you to know that your laatjie really loved you. He always had something positive to say about you. I want to look like his father.

“To his mother, I want you to know that you mean the world to your son. He would tell me, ‘ Yeeerrriii boi you know sometimes my tannie just gets on me, but I’ll always love her.

“I want you to know you lost your biological son but you still have a son. Your son has taught me so much about being a man in so many ways that it felt like he was a bigger brother and yet I’m older than him.

“I valued his opinion more than my own. I knew I could always count on him. Some times at school my school bag had been stolen and he offered his to me. I’m still using it today.

“My whole family knew him as the only friend I had and so a huge part of him will always stay with me.

“To my friend: I love you boi. I want you to know that my father died when I was only one year old so he never got his chance but you can be a son to him as I’m to yours.

“Finally to my father you eventually getting the boy you always wanted

“I Love you Tshepiso. You are the best friend I ever had and I want to know that I will always remember the good times I spent with you and the person you made me become. RIP”