Family mourns loss

2015-07-01 06:05
NTSWAKI TSOAELA (85), mother of the late Rev. Diphoko Tsoaela.

NTSWAKI TSOAELA (85), mother of the late Rev. Diphoko Tsoaela.

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THE tragic car crash on 13 June has dealt the bereaved Tsoaela family a triple blow.

The accident, a head-on collision, claimed the life of the well-known Rev. Diphoko Tsoaela and four other people. They are Modiehi Tsoaela, a niece of Rev. Tsoaela, two family friends from Sharpville in Gauteng, as well as Teboho Matee.

Modiehi was the daughter of the elder brother of the Tsoaela sons, one being the father of the late Rev. Tsoaela.

The reverend’s burial was held on Thursday (25/06) in his home town, Winburg, while the other victims of the accident had been buried in their respective towns, Sharpeville and Winburg, on the weekend of 21 June.

Matee, from Winburg, was a student studying Electrical Engineering and had accompanied Rev. Tsoaela to help tow the vehicle of travelling visitors (Modiehi and Thabiso Tsoaela, as well as two family friends) after their Mercedes-Benz had broken down on the N1 Road.

Thabiso and one passenger, who were in the towed Mercedes-Benz, escaped unharmed when the Ford Ranger, driven by Rev. Tsoaela, collided head-on with a truck going in the opposite direction on the N1 between Ventersburg and Winburg on the ill-fated day of 13 June.

Terrence Tsoaela, family spokesperson, says the travelling visitors were heading to Winburg for a planned meeting ahead of the unveiling of 11 tombstones of departed members of the Tsoaela family.

He says the ceremony of unveiling the tombstones was scheduled for 11 July in the township of Makeleketla, Winburg.

“Following the tragic incident, the family has decided to postpone the unveiling ceremony until after the mourning period,” Terrence said.

“The ceremony of 11 July was the first phase, as we had planned to have unveiling ceremonies in phases.”

Rev. Tsoaela, a member of the Methodist Church, also served as a member of the Intervention Unit in the Free State Premier’s Office for Premier Elias “Ace” Magashule. He briefly worked as a teacher before deciding to take up ministry in 1986.

At the funeral, one speaker after another spoke well about Rev. Tsoaela, with some describing him as a true servant of the community.

He leaves behind his spouse, Martha, three children, Boitumelo, Mosala and Thapelo, his mother, Ntswaki (85), sisters, Nanankie and Ouma, as well as his grandchildren

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