ACTING LUDZIDZINI GOVERNOR TV MTETWA LAID TO REST
…mourners narrate their best memories
His burial epitomised the purpose of his life; a man of the people.
He served the country diligently as the traditional prime minister in his role as acting Ludzidzini governor as well as Indvuna of several chiefdoms and Timothy Velabo Mtetwa was afforded a fitting send-off as people from all corners of the country and demographics gathered at Maliyaduma yesterday at dawn and said their final good-byes.
Mtetwa succumbed to illness 12 days ago after disappearing from public space several months before. The 93-yearold traditional statesman took his position six-and-a-half years ago after the demise of Jim Gama and became a recognisable character who would announce, at different events where His Majesty King Mswati III was present or represented that food was served.
Having served as the first Swazi Royal Swaziland Police Commissioner, he kept his upright form and a youthful gait which belied his age.
His colourful language provided entertainment for months on end while at times evoking the ire of the public.
It was therefore a no-brainer that most of the 1500 mourners who braved the rainy cold weather to pay their last respect to the late Timothy Velabo ‘TV’ ‘Cisha Logesi’ Mtetwa described him as a humble man.
Almost all the mourners who got the chance to say their last words described him as someone who was humble and respectful, despite his stature.
During the vigil on Friday, the first speaker, Dlamini said he copied a lot from the man affectionately known as ‘TV’.
“He was such an open person who was always welcoming. The man wasn’t good but great,” Dlamini said.
He sent condolences to all friends and relatives and further told them that with time the pain brought on by their loss would heal.
He then went on to state that ‘TV’ was a good person who was a wealth of information to him and others as he was accessible to all within the community he lived.
He was honest and always spoke the ruth despite any situation. He would say he was not afraid of anything because he trusted in God,” Dlamini elaborated.
Faith Apostolic Church Pastor Petrus Lindimpi Mtetwa, son to the late governor, told mourners that his father was a devote Christian who never stopped paying tithes even after he was bedridden.
Before sitting down, the pastor advised each and every mourner to have a selfintrospection that will determine whether they were still worthy Christians.
The third speaker to address the mourners only identified himself as a Dludlu was from Nkiliji. He said he was ‘TV’s grandson.“Mtetwa was a humble man who gave everyone a chance to discuss issues with him. This proved that he was a good hearted man,” Dludlu said.
He went on to advise his family to be strong and supportive to each other during this hard time which has befallen them. He went on to warn about the dangers of spending too much time on social networks as this destroyed families.
Dludlu also criticised police officers for not responding to cases of men being abused by their lovers. He said police would at sometimes make fun at them for reporting cases of abuse at the hands of their wives. Another speaker who identified himself as Mgabhi of Etiyeni said it felt like he had lost a parent and echoed previous speakers’ words that Mtetwa was a humble man.
“I had his number, we used to talk over the phone but I did not take advantage of his humbleness,” Mgabhi said.
This speaker surprised many when out of the blue, he started preaching in English. This act by the old man sent mourners into stitches of laughter as he would sometimes do his own siSwati interpretations as if the people were not getting his message. Another speaker, Dlamini from Ntondozi said he grew up with the traditional statesman.
He described Mtetwa as a disciplined person who must have emulated the discipline from their grandfather who as they both up with at Ntondozi. He went on to state that his late cousin (TV) was a good example to all of them.
The two wives of the late 'TV' Mtetwa failing to contain tears as their husband's casket is being lowered. their
Some of grave. Mtetwa’s clothes being placed inside the