Community icon to be buried to rest

2016-12-01 06:00
 Matthew Sunnyboy Cabadiya

Matthew Sunnyboy Cabadiya

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This weekend will see the laying to rest of Matthew Sunnyboy Cabadiya this Saturday.

Cabadiya, 83, died last week after a short illness and his funeral procession will take place at t Mary’s Catholic Church in Nyanga.

He was known for his work assisting the community from his days working at the council office during the apartheid days.

He assisted residents with housing evictions problems, housing evictions, police arrests, harassment, and deportations to the Bantustans.

After bending the oppressive laws of the time he was dismissed and went on to work among others as a court interpreter, hotel switchboard operator. He initially worked as a teacher.

He was born 6 May 1933 in Bethulie Free State and later went on the study at Moroka institution where he qualified as a teacher.

In 1963 he married Lillian Jacobs, first and for most devoted to his family, close relatives, Catholic Faith, friends, neighbours and broad community. He was articulate in Afrikaans, English, Sesotho,isiXhosa and a mixture of the Cape fly/tsotsi taal.

He loved African culture, tradition and the indigenous knowledge and beliefs system. He is pre-deceased by his younger brother Themba and loving wife. He is survived by his daughters, son, cousin brothers, granddaughter and sons.

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