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A voice inside told me to prepare for the worst

By unknown | Oct 25, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Dan Fuphe

Dan Fuphe

Lebo Mathosa's mother, Nomvula Mathosa, has accepted with dignity the second tragedy to befall her family within a month.

Last month her husband, Lebo's father, Modumetja, died after a long illness.

When friends and relatives converged on Mathosa's modest home to pay their respects she greeted them graciously.

Mathosa, 70, said that when she received a call from Tracker [vehicle surveillance] asking if she knew the whereabouts of Lebo's vehicle she knew something was horribly wrong .

"I prayed very hard. But a voice inside told me to prepare for the worst," she said.

When she received a second call, from Lebo's elder brother, Peter, at about 3am, all hope of seeing Lebo alive vanished.

"All Peter said then was that Lebo had been involved in an accident.

"Deep down I knew he was hiding something," she said.

A few hours later her worst fears were confirmed when Peter and another family member arrived to tell her that Lebo was dead.

Mathosa said the last time she spoke to Lebo was on Friday.

"She phoned to tell me how much she loved me. She just carried on saying 'Mummy, I love you so much'.

"She repeated this so many times it was as if she was trying to tell me something," said Lebo's mother.

Mathosa said that at the time of her death Lebo, 29, was travelling to Vosloorus with a male friend who was driving her vehicle when it overturned.

Lebo died at the scene. The driver was not seriously injured.

The car crashed into a tree just after midnight on Sunday

Lebo's shocked younger sister, Queen, 21, who went to the accident scene, told Sowetan: "The front of the Prado was a total wreck."

Members of the community who visited the Mathosa's family home to pay their respects described Lebo as a God-fearing person, a musician of note and a legend in her own lifetime whose contribution to music and society would be sorely missed.

Pastor Joel Nyamane, of the Rock Church, said the Mathosa family had provisionally agreed to hold Lebo's funeral service at the Isidingo College, Daveyton, on Saturday at 11am.


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