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By unknown | Jan 18, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sechaba Molefe

Sechaba Molefe

Lebohang Mokoena is very lucky. When he decided to play for Orlando Pirates, he had his mother's full support and blessing, this despite her being a Kaizer Chiefs fan.

For Martha Mokure Mokoena, Lebohang's mother, the right thing to do was to support her talented son, regardless of who she favoured. As a die-hard Chiefs fan, her love for her son was not negotiable.

So her death last Saturday spelt the end of a unique mother-son relationship. Mokoena died at Johannesburg General Hospital after battling with breast cancer - which was diagnosed in 2005.

Born in Alexandra on August 29 1955, she started school in Diepkloof, Soweto. She also attended Madibane High School until Standard 8 (Grade 10), then she moved to a boarding school in QwaQwa.

In 1979 she befriended and became close to her neighbour, Oupa Mokoena, who would eventually become her husband and father of their two children. She worked at several jewellery stores - among them Safe Lady, Golden Mine Jewellery, and Inch of Gold at Bedfordview where she worked for six years.

Her husband this week described her as a "pillar of strength".

As a mother, "she was open-minded and also my best friend", said her daughter Faith Mokoena.

Her family spent the festive season in her joyful company, eating Christmas lunch together. She even took part in festivities to usher in the New Year.

Mokoena will be buried tomorrow at South Park Cemetery. The service starts at 9am at J Dumane Hall in Extension 14, Vosloorus.


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