NC mourns leader

2018-05-16 06:01
The late Rev. Kapilolo Mario Mahongo. to be buried on SaturdayPhoto: Supplied

The late Rev. Kapilolo Mario Mahongo. to be buried on SaturdayPhoto: Supplied

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The !Xun community is still reeling in shock over the sudden death of their traditional leader Rev. Kapilolo Mario Mahongo, who died in a tragic accident a few metres from his home in Platfontein.

Mahongo was prominent for his positive role in carrying the San’s oral tradition and a veteran performer of traditional stories. He was the co-founder of the Manyeka Arts Trust.

He was also the chair of the !Xun Council of Elders, chair of the South African San Institute and vice-chair of the South African San Council.

He died on Saturday (12/05) at about 18:50 after the car that he was driving, a Nissan Almera, reportedly crashed into an electric pole on the side of the entrance road into his home village, Platfontein. A case of culpable homicide has since been opened by the SAPS in Kimberley following his death on the scene.

The provincial government has promised to provide assistance to the family towards preparations for the burial, which is expec­ted to be this Saturday (19/05).

“The passing of Reverend Mahongo, who was an outstanding leader, is a great loss to the people of Platfontein and the Northern Cape province as a whole. His contribution to impro­ving the lives of the San community will be remembered and will form part of the rich legacy he leaves behind,” Northern Cape premier Sylvia Lucas said in a statement.

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