TRIBUTE TO JIMMY SEEPE, MY BROTHER, MY FRIEND AND MY HERO, SATURDAY 13TH MAY 2006
When I was in High School, I used to read everything that came my way and even when I was at University I was so fascinated with issues that I ended up literally attending classes in law so that I could engage intelligently with my friends in law. I remember reading a book by Norman
Jimmy has been a central part of my life. As the youngest in the family, Jimmy was my business. I fetched him from kindergarten. I assisted him with his school work. When he finished school, it was my business to pay for his university studies. I didn’t think about it, he didn’t think about. It was natural - a given. The first car he owned, I bought.
Our closeness was so natural. Our bond grew everyday. My beloved mother recently told us that she has never come across brothers who care so much about each other. Being his brother and friend has been the greatest privilege. The pain of loss cuts so deep. It is indescribable. We spoke to each other almost daily – and made sure that we saw each other at least once a week.
My brother had the makings of a new man – gentle yet strong, firm in thinking yet kind and with a generosity of spirit that resounded in his hearty voice, a propensity to grapple with ideas and happenings and to make (political) meaning even of that which seemed absurd. The tragedy is he has not lived long enough for this to develop and reach fruition – may others walk in this path. Death will not break the ties that bind us. His memory will remain with me as long as I live. I feel blessed to have been part of his life.
The children’s appreciationWords fail us when it comes to saying goodbye. We know that you are gone. But you will always be with in our hearts and minds. When it comes to school, we will always hear your voice – telling us that education will give us a better and brighter future.
Your loving wife Ntombi Pat Seepe