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Mum Reminisces Over Son’s Life

Mum Reminisces Over Son’s Life
Mother Milika Saukuru, with his elder son Juta who holds the photo of Josevati Saukuru at their home in Sikituru, Nadi yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA
August 09
10:03 2018

Milika Saukuru remembers her son for many things.

The one thing she will miss most is hearing Josevati Saukuru playing the guitar.

Josevati was the seventh fatality in the three-vehicle crash at Nabou, midway between Nadi and Sigatoka, last Saturday.

The 18-year-old student of Ratu Navula College was on life support at the ICU at Lautoka Hospital on Tuesday before he died.

“He was a boy who loved his lotu (church), he was looked up to in the church for his ability to play the guitar,” Mrs Saukuru said.

“Whenever the pastors would go to a place they would always take him for his God-given talents, which I will dearly miss.”

She said Josevati was well known for his grooming habits, always insisting that his clothes be clean and well presented.

“He would ask me for money every two weeks to have his hair cut. That was how concerned he was about his grooming.

“He loved to pass well in his exams by studying.”

She recalled that the lasttime they talked was on Friday night when she prayed over him.

Mrs Saukuru said the family prayed for Josevati daily since Saturday in the hope he would recover, but believed this was impossible given the extreme injuries he sustained.

Josevati was the youngest of five siblings. Born in Sikituru, he had maternal links to Nadogo, Macuata, Vanua Levu.

His funeral will be held next Wednesday.

Ratu Navula College principal Setareki Merekula confirmed that counsellors from the Ministry of Education would complete the three-day trauma healing process today by asking students to express their feelings on paper. The driver of the minivan Tomasi Bulitavu’s funeral will be held in Nadi today.  Edited by Epineri Vula


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