Soccer boss Mdluli dies before mom's funeral
WHILE making final preparations for their mother's funeral on Sunday, the family of former soccer boss and businessman Samuel Mdluli received a double blow - he had also died.
His sister Mathe Mathope said yesterday they were alighting the cow to be slaughtered for their mother's funeral at a family home in Zola, Soweto, when police arrived to tell them about Mdluli's death on Saturday.
Mdluli, 62, popularly known as Coloured Passmore in football circles, died at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital.
He was diabetic, had suffered a stroke, had high blood pressure and a liver illness.
"It was a double blow for some in the family, but to others, considering his long illness, it was a relief for him," Mathope said.
She said the news forced them to change funeral plans.
"We had to tell the people who had brought the cow in to take it back because they would be buried in a joint funeral," Mathope said.
Their mother Betty Mdluli, 83, died last week.
Mdluli rose to prominence in football circles when he bought soccer club Giant Blackpool which entered the then National Soccer League's first division (now Professional Soccer League's (PSL) premiership) and beat all the big teams in the league.
He took over a family panel beating company, and went on to open his car dealer in Klipspruit.
His brother Keke Mdluli said: "Coloured enjoyed his life. He also brought us up and taught us the business."
He will be buried with his mother on Saturday.