Socialite was dedicated traffic officer

Bongiwe Khumalo

Bongiwe Khumalo

Reginald Dumezweni Xaba, who died on Monday after a short illness, was born to the late Irene and late Jonathan Xaba on January 18 1953.

Boy-Bhizaro, as he was popularly known, attended Lekang Primary School, then proceeded to Orlando High School and Musi High School.

After matriculating, Xaba joined the then Johannesburg traffic department. He later resigned to become a pioneer member of Soweto traffic under the leadership of Kid Malaza. In June 1989 he decided to go back to Johannesburg, where he remained until his untimely death.

Though a top socialite, Xaba was a straightforward person who loved life and good food. But he was also generous and caring and had a wicked sense of humour, which endeared him to his friends.

Xaba loved his work and wore his uniform with dignity and pride.

His love of jazz saw him become a member of the Soweto Jazz Club and Zone 7 Men's Club.

Xaba is survived by his wife, mother, sibling and children.

He will be buried tomorrow at the Avalon Cemetery. The service starts at 9am at the St Peter Claver Hall, Tswelopele Zone 5, Pimville.