Popular shebeen queen will be missed

Danny Magudulela

Danny Magudulela

Popular shebeen queen Myca Albinah Pooe's sudden death last week after a short illness has shocked her community in Watville.

Born in the Etwatwa old location, she died on July 7, the day she would have celebrated her 73rd birthday. Born in 1935 Pooe was one of 10 children.

She and her sister were friends with various rival gangs and this was one of the reasons why she ran such a thriving shebeen.

A product of St Albans Missionary School, she only completed Standard 6 because of poverty and apartheid. This was a great achievement at the time.

She loved music and became a chorister of note at St Albans.

Under the notorious Group Areas Act her family was moved to Wattville and it is here that she started her business.

Her Dube Street home was the place to be. Her patrons enjoyed a wide selectionof music and a history lesson was always the cherry on top because she told stories about the Old Location.

Her wealth of knowledge meant that her place was a favourite stopover for tourist guides, researchers, museums and pupils who wanted to know more about the indigenous inhabitants of Benoni.

Her great-granddaughter Mpho Pooe, a clerk in Benoni, says Pooe was an inspiration to all of them in the family.

She is survived by her husband, child, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Pooe will be buried tomorrow at Ekurhuleni East Cemetery in Boksburg.

The service will be held at her home in Dube Street.