Former mayor joins Islamic religion

2016-04-01 06:00
The former Greater Kokstad municipality mayor Mbulelo Sithole (right) with his friend Sheile Phiri. Photo: Siphelele Nketo

The former Greater Kokstad municipality mayor Mbulelo Sithole (right) with his friend Sheile Phiri. Photo: Siphelele Nketo

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IN December 2015, the former Greater Kokstad Municipality mayor, Mbulelo Abdullar Sithole, joined the Islamic religion.
The 58-year-old believes his family and others should also join Islam because his life changed for the better.
Islam is the religion of the Muslims, a faith regarded as revealed through Muhammad as the Prophet of Allah.

Sithole was the Greater Kokstad Municipality Speaker and mayor between 2006 and 2011.

Sithole, the father of three, grew up in the rural village of Buthafarm in Umzimkhulu­. He was raised as a Christian and attended the Anglican Church. His late father, Wilson, was a pastor at the church.

“While studying at Unisa in 2005 my modules were based on Islamic studies and I noticed that Islam is a good religion.”

“Muslims are good, caring people and are truthful before God, and are down to earth.”

Sithole’s wife Nombeko, is a Christian, but she is supportive of him.
“My wife washes my Islamic clothes, and is not bothered when I attend church services. My children and my family also support me.

“Praying and bathing five times a day doesn’t give me problems - it brings me closer to God. When I am at work or walking I always think about God.

“I am now a new person, unlike before. I regret not joining Islam when I was young.”

He told Fever his former colleagues and his community avoid him when he wears his long white “dress”.
“Some people don’t want to hug me, but I tell them that I am a new person and this religion has not changed me, instead it has made me a good person.”

Sithole said he never joined the religion­ for wealth purposes, but said that money will come as a bonus from God.
“I am against alcohol, drugs and gambling to get money. Once I commit any of these sins my God will not be happy with me,” said Sithole.
“Islam is a religion for everyone living on Earth. It is not only for a certain group of people.
“That is why many important people, like Chief Zwelivelile Mandla Mandela, the grandson of former president Nelson Mandela, joined this religion,” said Sithole’s friend Sheile Phiri.

Sithole is also a Kokstad businessman and is not concerned about getting lots of money, rather he wants to help the poor.
“If I don’t give you money, I will give you a smile to show love.”

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