Malaza a pillar of strength
Salvation Army envoy Linah Mamotsepe Malaza, 68, of Daveyton, Ekurhuleni, who died at the Far East Rand Hospital on June 26 after a long illness, may have run her last mile carrying a rucksack full of tasks she never lived to complete.
But she went with the clear knowledge that when you die serving the Lord, God will without fail appoint another to complete these assignments.
Born at the then Apex shantytown in Benoni on December 6 1939, she started her primary education at the famous St Joseph's Catholic School in the Old Benoni location.
But fate dictated that Malaza never went beyond her primary education grades.
Her blissful customary marriage to David "Bra Khwembu" Xolo at the age of 15 was blessed with four children.
The couple joined the Salvation Army Corps in New Kleinfontein in the early 1950s and remained committed to the army's rules and regulations ever since. Though she was married to Xolo, she retained her maiden surname.
Over the years Malaza has been a pillar of strength and loyal and hard-working member of the Salvation Army in Daveyton.
Her various roles in the church included being colour sergeant and recently envoy at the newly established Etwatwa East Corps.
At the time of her death Malaza was vice president of Hlanganani Women's League and also an active member of the Salvation Army project, Matsoho A Thuso.
Relatives this week described her as "a God-fearing person, who was gifted with a wonderful ear for all forms of criticism and an inwardly sensitive but polite voice that could calm even raging storms".
Malaza is survived by her son Titus, 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
She will be buried at Phumulani Cemetery tomorrow.
The funeral service at the Salvation Army Hall (Ramza and Mahlobo streets) starts at 9:30am.