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"She was not only an intellectual but also had a flair for the artistic"

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A 19-YEAR-old student from the Sol Plaatje University has been killed in a motor vehicle accident.

Shereez Jonas died after the vehicle she was travelling in crashed into the wall of a house in Barkly Road, Kimberley.

Jonas was declared dead on the scene, while the driver of the vehicle sustained minor injuries and another passenger was transported to a hospital in Kimberley where he is still being treated in the ICU.

Jonas’ family was yesterday still in mourning following her death.

They described her as “a bright, shining star, whose smile could bring light to any situation”.

According to the family, Jonas had attended midnight mass with her parents and siblings at the AGS Roepersfontein Church, where she was an active member, only hours before the fatal accident on January 1.

She went out afterwards and was travelling to her home in Roodepan with two friends when the driver apparently lost control over the vehicle, causing it to crash into the wall of a house in Barkly Road.

Family members were called to the scene but she had already died as a result of her injuries when they arrived.

They said that her death was a horrible start to the new year, with the world of those who knew her, coming to a complete standstill on New Year’s Day.

“She was the kindest, most loving person you could ever know. She was so full of life and made a difference to the lives of everyone who crossed her path. Her smile could light up any sad situation,” they told the DFA yesterday.

Family members added that she had a bright future ahead of her and was “taken away too soon”.

“She was a big dreamer, with a lot of plans for the future,” they said, adding that she was supposed to start a new part-time job at Transnet on Monday.

Jonas matriculated from Northern Cape High School in 2016 and started studying Civil Engineering at CUT in Bloemfontein during 2017.

In 2018 she started studying towards a Bachelors of Science Degree at the Sol Plaatje University in Kimberley and was due to continue her studies this year.

“She was not only an intellectual but also had a flair for the artistic. She was our own personal stylist and had a talent for hairdressing and interior design. She was the full package – someone who excelled at everything she took on. She will be sorely missed by everyone who knew her.”

Jonas was also actively involved in church and was a youth leader at the AGS Roepersfontein Church during her matric year.

Vice chancellor and principal of the Sol Plaatje University, Professor Yunus Ballim, yesterday said that the university was saddened to learn of the tragic passing of one of its students.

“Young university students carry a particular note of promise with them and when their lives are suddenly ended our university also feels the sharpness of this loss of promise. The Sol Plaatje University community sends its heartfelt condolences to the Jonas family. Their loss is also our loss,” Ballim said.

A memorial service for Jonas will be held at Pescodia High School, at 8am on Saturday. She leaves behind her parents and two older sisters.

Police yesterday confirmed that police in Roodepan are investigating a culpable homicide case following the death of a 19-year-old female from Roodepan in a vehicle accident.

“The deceased was a passenger in a VW Polo that crashed into a house in Barkly Road at approximately 6.16 am on New Year’s Day after the driver allegedly lost control of the vehicle.

“The 24-year-old male driver as well as another male passenger were transported to a local hospital for medical treatment. No arrest has been made and police investigations are continuing,” police spokesperson, Colonel Mashay Gamieldien, said.