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THE African Methodist Episcopal Church of South Africa is mourning the death of Pastor Fanyana Johannes Letsholo.
Letsholo was an itinerant elder at St Peter's in Sharpeville in the Vaal.
He was also chairperson of the finance committee of the East conference of the AME church and adviser to the presiding elder of the Vereeniging, Wilberforce district.
Letsholo also represented the church internationally and helped raise money to build more churches for the district.
Letsholo was also involved in community projects in Fochville on the West Rand, where he nurtured youths, some of whom became pastors.
When he moved to Bonner Chapel in White City Jabavu, Soweto, he started a creche and a centre for disabled young people. He also hosted events for senior citizens.
Letsholo's spiritual son, Reverend Jerry Motaung, said Letsholo was passionate, humble and educative.
He said he would be remembered for his administration skills.
Reverend Meshack Matlawe said Letsholo had produced great leaders in the church and in society.
Letsholo was born in KwaThema, Springs, 52 years ago. From an early age he showed signs of leadership and love for God.
After completing high school he joined the RR Wright Seminary in Evaton in the Vaal where he obtained a diploma in theology.
He met his wife Ellen Rapule in 1984 and they had three sons and a daughter.
Letsholo dedicated his life to God and transferred this to his children, who now play roles in the church.
He is survived by his mother, brother, his wife and four children.
He will be buried at Fochville cemetery tomorrow. The service will be at the AME Bryant Chapel at 8am and the cortege leaves for the cemetery at 11am.