Thato Ntsoelengoe remembered fondly after succumbing to Covid-19

Ofentse, Thato & Boipelo Ntsoelengoe during the SABC SA Sports Awards in 2006. Picture: Gallo
Ofentse, Thato & Boipelo Ntsoelengoe during the SABC SA Sports Awards in 2006. Picture: Gallo

The wife of the late Kaizer Chiefs legend Patrick “Ace” Ntsoelengoe, Thato, who passed away in the early hours of Friday due to a Covid-19 coronavirus-related illness, will be remembered for her big heart and love for people, her friends told City Press.

“Just like her name says, Thato had love for everyone no matter whether you are poor or rich. We are truly heartbroken, but her love and warmth will live on,” said Shakes Shimane Molapisi, who was a childhood friend since 1984.

She is one of the most successful businesswoman I knew

He said that it was a pity that she was going to be buried under the Covid-19 burial regulations, with no crowds of mourners allowed to attend.

“She was such a vibrant and caring person who enjoyed being with people, so it’s a shame that she has to be buried like a pauper,” said Molapisi.

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He said Thato always kept a diary of other people’s birthdays and made it her mission to call everyone to say happy birthday.

“She would be the first person to call, even if it’s at 4am. That’s the type of person she was and I will always remember her as a big shoulder to cry on,” he said.

He said in some communities like Mohlakeng in Randfontein, Thato would be remembered for her good deeds and donations of school shoes to needy pupils.

Another person who testified of her character was Mpho Motlhamme, who said that Thato was a “jolly person” and a successful businesswomen.

“I’ve known her from the time she unveiled her husband’s tombstone. She is one of the most successful businesswoman I knew. She was a jolly person, people’s person and she really liked serious gatherings.”

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“Every Woman’s Day she organised something for the ladies,” said Motlhamme.

The details of the funeral will be announced at a later stage.


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