The fifth year medical student from Cofimvaba who died in Cuba, Sibusiso Qongqo finally has been buried. Qongqo died in Havana, Cuba on April 29 2020. His cause of death was due to Pancreatic complications. He died on 29 April – 15 days after celebrating his 28th birthday, following a short illness.

Qongqo left South Africa in 2015 with a group of other medical students who were part of the Nelson Mandela/Fidel Castro Medical Collaboration Programme and was due to return in July to begin two years of training.

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However, he fell ill on 27 April due to pancreatic complications and died two days later.

Sibusiso Qongqo who died in Cuba, was laid to rest today at his ancestral Cofimvaba home in the Eastern Cape.

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Qongqo’s remains, which were trapped in the Cuban capital of Havana since 29 April due to restrictions implemented during the lockdown, were finally repatriated on Sunday, the Eastern Cape government said on Monday.

Qongqo matriculated from St James High School in Cofimvaba in 2008 with excellent results in Maths, Science and Biology.