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Mobbs - rags-to-riches story

By unknown | Jan 16, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Don Makatile

Don Makatile

One of Kagiso's brightest social lights has gone out. Mobbs, born Mosimanegape Aaron Modimoeng, was gunned down execution style in the wee hours of Saturday morning outside his house in the West Rand township.

He will be buried tomorrow at the local cemetery.

His story is one of rags to riches. Mobbs took over the family's shebeen from his ailing mother in the early 1980s and by the time of his death had turned it into a money-spinner.

"He started his business with a mere 10 cases," said business competitor and friend Abueng Manake from across town.

It is through Manake's anecdotes that one can appreciate the slog that Mobbs put into the business, raising it from a humble four-roomed shebeen during his bootlegging days to the modern licensed tavern he now leaves behind.

According to Manake, Mobbs never returned to work after he and a posse of colleagues were laid off during a strike at Cobra, a local tap and accessories manufacturer.

"He went right into the liquor trade," says Manake.

As his star continued to shine, Mobbs was able to supply other taverns in the area with booze.

"Just this December he gave me R15000 worth of supplies," says Manake. "That's the kind of person he was."

Mobbs was also a major player in the stokvel arena, itself a major networking field. One thing certain about Mobbs was that he was a people's person, said another close friend, Boitshoko Modise.

That is why, according to Modise, Mobbs referred to all and sundry as Mmata, a colloquialism taken from the English "mate".

"He was a true friend," said Modise, who adds that Mobbs' trump card was his humility.

Modise, a man of figures, had just started doing Mobbs' books.

"What I discovered was that he ran a professional operation," says Modise. "The business was VAT registered and had a healthy turnover."

Mmata is survived by his wife Dikeletsane, the mother of his three children.

The funeral service begins at 7.30am at the Kagisanong Community Hall in Lewisham until 10am, when the cortege will leave for Kagiso Cemetery.


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