Motau was a respected teacher

Dan Fuphe

Dan Fuphe

The passing of well-known KwaThema teacher, philanthropist and sports lover Richard Roddy "Shot-Gun" Motau has left a void.

Motau died at the Dalview Clinic on Tuesday after a long illness.

Born 82 years ago, Motau, like most men of his age then, took education very seriously.

This saw him become one of the leading teachers in the Payneville Old Location in Springs.

Motau taught at many schools in KwaThema, including Tlakula High.

He was fluent in Afrikaans and was one of the language's top teachers in the area.

Motau was later promoted to an inspector of schools in Springs.

In his work as inspector he came into contact with many young teachers, most of whom he mentored and who today hold senior teaching positions.

His commitment to his work saw him promoted to director of education in the old Transvaal region.

He also made his mark in sports.

Motau was an influential member of the Eastern Transvaal Football Association.

But, most importantly, Motau was also a God-fearing man.

This is evident in the role he played in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

He was the church's president of the senior citizens' body and treasurer of the 19th Episcopal General Conference.

His involvement in the church has resulted in him travelling overseas many times.

His daughter Rebotile yesterday described him as "a very loving and supporting father, who bonded easily with every member of his family, regardless of their ages".

Motau, of Wauchope Street, KwaThema, will be buried at the Vlakfontein Cemetery tomorrow.

The funeral service will start at 8am at the AME Church and leaves for the cemetery at 10am.