Community loses unifier

Leachville residents in Brakpan reacted with shock at the death of socialite Ethel Franscinah Mokoena on May 5.

Leachville residents in Brakpan reacted with shock at the death of socialite Ethel Franscinah Mokoena on May 5.

Mokoena was born in 1959 in Etwatwa's Old Location.

When people were forcibly moved under the Group Areas Act her family went to Sgodi Phola, Daveyton, where she started her schooling at Melody and proceeded to Baikagetse.

She matriculated at Davey High with three distinctions. She enrolled at Capricorn College in Johannesburg, where she obtained a diploma in computer administration.

Her first job was with the SA Druggist as a clerk in Kempton Park, where she worked for 20 years until the company closed two weeks ago.

Her sister, Poppy Malele, described her as "a humble, beautiful, caring, giving and forever smiling and loving personality, who would not even hurt a fly".

The community of Sihlulekile in Daveyton were part of her social activities and with the local women she ran a burial society that will be poorer without her unifying spirit and commanding presence.

Mokoena is survived by her sister and two sons. She will be buried at the Van Dyck Cemetery tomorrow. The service, at the Lutheran Church in Wattville, starts at 8.30am.

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