Langa musician loses uMzali to senseless, reckless driver

2015-07-23 06:00

In May Langa artists welcomed to our community a group of musicians from Dubai on an international tour called ‘Change Will Come’.

These are American musicians who are based in the UAE and belong to the Yusuf Islam Foundation.

Yusuf Islam is the name that legendary rock musician Cat Stevens adopted after reverting to Islam in 1977.

The group from Dubai conducted workshops in Langa. Accordingly, they were ‘blown away by the talent’ of the young learners from the community, they mentioned.

Skhumbuzo Malgas,17, was one of these talents. He sang, danced and played djembe drum, much to the visitor’s delight.

But tragedy struck. One Sunday afternoon, 12 July, his mother Mojo ‘Mzali’ Malgas died after she was knocked down by a senseless and rekless driver in Washington street.

She was bin the company of a nephew when the incident took place.

Perhaps it is the true nature of human beings that it is only when one of us passes on, that we finally realise how much love and value we had for them.

The out-pouring of emotions and grief by those who witnessed her demise was astounding.

Even on social media, acquaintaces and friends let rip with condolensces.

She was variously decribed a s” The lady with the heart of gold.”

Our supplications are for her soul to rest in eternal peace and her son and family to be strong in the knowledge that the community in general and Langa Artist Association in particular are there for them in their hour of grief.

The problem of speedsters in our streets must be addressed as a matter of extreme urgency. Let us ensure that Mojo is the last person to die at the hands of killer-drivers in our community. We hope the police will make sure the killer of our Mojo is brought to book to face the full might of the law.

Her funeral service will be held at the Langa Sports Complex on Saturday. Lala ngoxolo Khwalo

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