Obituary: Ebrahim Aboo of MG Shoes

2012-05-03 00:00

RESPECTED shoe manufacturer and political activist Ebrahim Aboo (64), the chief executive officer of MG Shoes in Willowton Road, died of a heart attack while on business in Gauteng on Friday.

Aboo, a chartered accountant, studied from 1966 to 1969 at the ethnic Salisbury Island University in Durban, which was strictly an “Indians-only” university during the apartheid era.

He was detained for political activism in the infamous Amod Timol trial and spent 106 days in solitary confinement from October 1971 until January 1972.

He was a pioneer in the field of auditing as the first black accountant in South Africa and set up Aboo Kaloo and Company operating in Dolly Radebe Street in Gauteng.

He also played an important part in the lives of black sports associations and community forums in auditing their books as a voluntary service.

In 1985 he acquired shares in MG Shoes in Willowton Road, which was a successful manufacturer of men’s fashion footwear, supplying major chain stores and upmarket independent stores.

He travelled extensively locally and abroad in promoting the South African brand.

Aboo entered the state tender market and successfully tendered for civil servant’s footwear, supplying 160 000 pairs of shoes to government servants.

He was buried in Gauteng at the weekend and leaves a wife, Naseema, daughters Zahira, Fatima, Saffia and a son, Aslam.

Aboo was one of three executives of shoe manufacturers in Willowton Road who have died in the last fortnight.

The others were M.G. Moodley (90), who founded MG Shoes, and Roy Simon Eckstein (70) who was killed in a freak accident last week when he flipped his scooter in the driveway of his Cape Town home.

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