Gauteng judge president's daughter dies

2012-07-18 14:06

Johannesburg - The eldest daughter of Gauteng Judge President Bernard Ngoepe has died, the office of the chief justice said on Wednesday.

Spokesperson Lulama Lutihe said Joan Kwena Matlala, 41, died on Saturday after battling diabetic complications.

Matlala was the mother of the late 4-year-old Makgabo Bernice Matlala, who was found murdered at her parents' house in Lenasia in March 2006.

"It is the family's view that Kwena, as she was affectionately known, never fully recovered, emotionally, from the tragic loss of her daughter," Lutihe said.

After completing a BProc degree at the University of the North, Kwena trained as an attorney with Matlala Attorneys in Pretoria.

She then went on to work for the Road Accident Fund (RAF) where she remained until her death.

Luti said a memorial service would be held at the RAF offices in Johannesburg on Thursday, starting at 11:00.

The funeral service would be held on Saturday, in Lenasia South.

Matlala is survived by her husband, two sons, her parents and two siblings.

  • phae.rayden - 2012-07-18 14:50

    Terribly sad series of events for the family, condolences at this difficult time.

  • kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-07-18 15:04

    This is very sad. May God be with the judge and his family and comfort them in this time of grieve.

  • judith.taylor.56 - 2012-07-18 15:07

    My heart goes out to her family

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-07-18 15:15

    Oh no , and to think we buried one of his sons in law less than two years ago .We wish the family strength through this difficult period

  • fran.aphane - 2012-07-18 15:46

    So sorry, she probably blamed herself for the death of her little girl as we all women do most of the time. So sad for this family really. May her soul rest in peace.

  • tommo.too - 2012-07-18 22:17

    Hauw, they have had enough suffering this family. May the sun one day shine again. Condolences

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