Pela’s death shocks his com­mu­nity

Lay preacher was also a me­chanic

Sowetan - - Obituaries - By Jo-Man­gal­iso Mdhlela

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.

Moses Pela

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