TRADITIONAL leaders in Matatiele and surrounding areas are mourning the death of Inkosi Jerry Moshoeshoe (86), who died at a hospital in Bloemfontein on October 12. Moshoeshoe looked after the George Moshoeshoe Traditional Council in Matatiele.When the Fever visited his rural home in Hatladi, outside Matatiele last week, scores of people from the surrounding community were coming in and out to give their support.The family said Moshoeshoe was the son of George Tlali Moshoeshoe of the Basotho tribe in Matatiele, a descendent of King Moshoeshoe of the Basotho nation in Lesotho. When his father died in 1960, he occupied a chieftainship position and, in 1963, he was appointed as cabinet minister in the former Transkei Government.In 1967, he worked as Department of Justice Minister for a period of two years and became the Head of Department of Interior for five years. He also occupied another position as Minister of Health between 1973 and 1975 and was selected as an ambassador to foreign countries like America, Israel, Germany, United Kingdom, Botswana, Swaziland, and Lesotho. “He returned home in 1992 from America and worked as chief of the George Moshoeshoe Traditional Council in six locations in Matatiele and he became a member of mayoral committees in the Alfred Nzo District Municipality and Matatiele Local Municipality,” said family spokesperson Griffiths Lerothodi Moshoeshoe. He said Moshoeshoe fought for education and rural development in his area. His first wife, Marry-Ntoetse Moshoeshoe, died in 2011. His second wife, Doreen Moshoeshoe, was among the mourners. Traditional leaders in Matatiele have sent messages of condolences to the family. Moshoeshoe’s funeral service will he held on November 3 at his rural home of Hatladi. His family want to keep his legacy alive by organising sports games and preparing young people to become future leaders.