Taxi operator treasured for his good soul

Peggy Nkomo

Rich Resimati Nkuna, the man who entertained his customers by playing soul music in his taxi commuting between Atteridge- ville and Pretoria, is no more.

Nkuna, 62, pictured right, died peacefully at a city hospital last Saturday after suffering a heart attack.

Popularly known as Soul Brother in the local taxi fraternity, Nkuna will be remembered for his friendly approach to his passengers over the past 20 years.

Nkuna was a member of the Atteridgeville-Saulsville Taxi Owners' Association and also served on the Lubners taxi rank dispute resolution committee.

He lived in Atteridgeville for many years where he married Thoko Tshankie. They later moved to Silverton where they were still living at the time of his death, which came as shock to scores of Pretoria taxi owners and operators.

"He was a very peaceful man who always cracked jokes, but mostly kept to himself," said a friend, Lesley Mthombeni.

This week commuters were still trying to come to terms with his death.

"He played good music in his taxi for many years. He will be sadly missed," lamented Shirley Duma.

Nkuna will be buried at the Eersterust Cemetery in Pretoria on Sunday.

A short service will be held at his home at 653 Conrad Street, Silverton at 5.45am, before the main service at the Charity and Faith Mission Church in Mamelodi East from 6.15am.

Nkuna is survived by his wife, his children Sipho, Dumisane and Sibongile, six grandchildren and two sisters.