VP Mo­hadi’s brother dies

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Sukul­wenkosi Dube-Matutu

VICE Pres­i­dent Kembo Mo­hadi’s brother, Cephas Bayane Malapela, has died. He was 79.

Mr Malapela, a re­tired head­mas­ter, suc­cumbed to chest pains on Mon­day while ad­mit­ted at Gwanda Pro­vin­cial Hospi­tal.

In an in­ter­view at the fam­ily house in Gwanda, VP Mo­hadi said his brother’s death was a huge loss to the fam­ily as he was a pil­lar of strength.

“My brother’s loss comes as a huge shock to the fam­ily be­cause he was our pil­lar of strength as he was the el­dest. We are try­ing to cope as a fam­ily and come to terms with his pass­ing. I used to look up to him and he was my men­tor. When­ever I had prob­lems I would turn to him for ad­vice. “I stayed with him for a long time while I was young and he is the one who brought me up. I’m in deep loss and I don’t know what to do now and who I will turn to now that he is gone,” he said

VP Mo­hadi said his brother started his teach­ing ca­reer in the 1960s and re­mained in the pro­fes­sion un­til he re­tired while hold­ing the post of head­mas­ter. He worked in var­i­ous schools in ru­ral and ur­ban Gwanda. He said Mr Malapela was go­ing to be buried on Satur­day at his homestead in Ngoma area in Gwanda. He said his wife passed away last year and he is sur­vived by five chil­dren.

“When my brother fell ill I stayed with him in Harare for four months and he was be­ing at­tended to by spe­cial­ists. He re­cov­ered but un­for­tu­nately he died after suc­cumb­ing to chest pains,” he said.

In an in­ter­view dur­ing a visit to pay his con­do­lences to the fam­ily, Zanu-PF Pro­vin­cial Chair­man for Mata­bele­land South Province, Cde Ra­belani Choeni, said Mr Malapela’s death was not only a big blow to his fam­ily but to the en­tire province.

“As a province we have been sad­dened by Malapela’s death and we would like to pass our con­do­lences to VP Mo­hadi and the en­tire fam­ily. We would like to say to them we are also at a loss be­cause of this un­for­tu­nate event and we mourn with you. We knew Malapela as the brother who brought up the VP like a fa­ther. As a party we have also lost a valu­able mem­ber that we worked well with. We also knew him as a great teacher and head­mas­ter within the com­mu­nity,” he said.

Mourn­ers are gath­ered at Num­ber L20 Jahunda Town­ship in Gwanda. — @DubeMatutu

The late Cephas Bayane Malapela

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