Pela’s death shocks his community
Lay preacher was also a mechanic
Born: December 15 1953 Died: November 28 Funeral: Tomorrow, at the Methodist Church (Donkey), next to Sinaba Stadium in Daveyton, on the East Rand, from 7am
Burial: Crystal Park Cemetery Mokgadi Pela is a tough-asnails former trade union leader, but when he rang me up to tell me about his brother’s death, he was as fragile as fragile can be.
He choked several times, overcome by his own emotions. Eventually, he gathered himself, with a stuttering voice and said: “He is gone.”
Instinctively, I knew who he was talking about. In the words of the Bard, I knew that his beloved brother, Moses “Bra Moss” Pela, had gone the way of all flesh, gone, in the vocabulary of the church, to heaven, his eternal resting place.
Death. Its pangs had opened the sluice gates of tears. It did it to Mokgadi. It did it to his widow, Maria. It did to his son, Kgabo. It did it to his daughterin-law, Manga. It did it to his grandson, Senyatsi.
It did it to all his relations and friends. It did it to me. Death paralyses. Even though it is perfectly natural, men and women fear it, think of it as the handiwork of the evil one, yet it is the by-product of life itself without which life is incomplete.
Moses Senyatsi Pela was born in Polokwane in 1953. He received his high school education at Mabuya High School in Daveyton and the Roman Catholic’s Pax Institution near Polokwane in the 1970s after which he trained to become a mechanic.
The lay preacher with the Methodist Church in Daveyton, Pela was the son of renowned educators – the late Caxton and Mary Pela.
He will be buried tomorrow in Benoni, on the East Rand.
Hamba kakuhle, Bra Moss.