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Well-liked and flamboyant Atteridgeville taximan Shime 'Brother' Sithole gunned down Mafia-style

By unknown | Jun 29, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Peggy Nkomo

Peggy Nkomo

A dapper dresser, Hosia Shime Sithole was known for his flamboyance.

But most people in Atteridgeville, Pretoria, where Sithole lived, knew him as a man full of the milk of human kindness. Sithole did not hesitate to help destitute families and friends.

Popularly known as "Brother", Sithole played alongside such soccer greats as Lucas "Masterpieces" Moripe, Phillip "Chesa" Sibanda and Nkosi "Let them dance" Molala at Pretoria Callies in the early 1970s.

Sithole was also a member of several Atteridgeville community-based organisations that included Togetherness and the Help U Club. He also loved golf, which he played until his death.

He had just arrived home from a golf game last Saturday when he received a mysterious phone call. Little did he know that this call would lead to his death. He left home promising to be back in about 20 minutes.

But that was a promise the 60-year-old Sithole was not to keep because 20 minutes later he was lying dead next to his luxury German car in Manaka Street, Atteridgeville. He had been shot dead Mafia-style with an AK-47 assault rifle while chatting to a friend inside his car. The man with a big heart and a bag-full of jokes was no more.

The motive for his murder is not known. No arrests have been made and police are investigating the case.

Speculation was rife this week that, because he was a taxi owner, Sithole's death could have been a hit linked to the taxi violence. But a friend ruled this out, saying Sithole was a man of peace who had no enemies.

News of his death spread like wild fire in his community and the taxi industry as people visited his home to offer their condolences to his family.

Those who spent time with "Brother", especially at Sunday stokvels - where he enjoyed his whisky with soda and ice - will remember him as a jolly person who loved the good life.

"He did not deserve to die like this," lamented one of his friends.

Sithole will be buried at the Old Atteridgeville Cemetery tomorrow. The service will be held at the AME Church at the corner of Tlale and Sehloho streets from 7am to 10am.


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