Nomvula Mokonyane’s poignant tribute to her late son

By Drum Digital
12 February 2015

Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has paid a moving tribute to her late son Retlabusa.

Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has paid a moving tribute to her late son Retlabusa, whose body was found in November 2010 in a townhouse in Bassonia, south of Johannesburg.

He was 23.

At the time Retlabusa, who was known as Giggs to his friends, was allegedly mixing with the “wrong crowd” in and round the West Rand.

Retlabusa Mokonyane

In two unrelated incidents he was involved in an explosion that burned down part of a house in Kagiso, west of Johannesburg, and was also linked to a car hijacking.

In poignant tribute to her late son Mokonyane wrote on her Facebook page: “Our journey together with you in my womb ended on this day 29 years ago under difficult conditions of the state of emergency. I carried you through detention under section 29 with your father Serge, my husband,"mogaetsho" as well being kept under section 29 of the security act. We both defeated all attempts to break and destroy because of our conviction to the liberation of our country.”

Mokonyane, who was two months pregnant when she was arrested for political activism said: “When you arrived on earth on this day, we got convinced that against all odds RETLABUSA - meaning ``we shall govern'' - we looked back at the pains and humiliation you went through whilst in my womb with me in detention and you having survived, we said o MOHAU.

Sadly, you couldn't stand the harassment and humiliation once more in your life and you decided to go too soon.

Never mind that my boy, we remember this day and thank God for the time we had with you. I am a proud mother of you Retlabusa Mohau Mokonyane.

Celebrate your birthday with your Ancestors and Angels where you are my loving son.

It is your birthday today!

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