Lawman of long service

Frank Maponya

Frank Maponya

The death of Chuene Selaelo Frans Rachidi, 44, has stunned his family, friends and colleagues.

Rachidi died on August 12 after a short illness and will be buried tomorrow. He was born on May 5 1944 at Sefateng village in GaDikgale.

He started work as a clerk in the department of justice in the then Lebowa.

He went on to work as public prosecutor, magistrate, assistant magistrate and senior magistrate from 1981 to 1992 in the districts of Bochum, Mahwelereng, Nebo, Bushbuckridge and Phalaborwa.

He also worked as a director of Home Affairs in Lebowa from 1992 to 1997.

He was appointed presiding officer of disciplinary inquiries from 1998 to 2001, before he was appointed commissioner of small courts between 2002 and 2005.

Rachidi was also an administration manager for the Legal Aid Board between 2005 and 2006.

To top it all, Rachidi was appointed additional magistrate for the Randburg court in 2006. He was seconded to the Mankweng district last year, where he was stationed until his death.

Rachidi was married to Molatela Caroline. The couple was blessed with five children. He also leaves behind his sister and a granddaughter.

Rachidi was a priest in the Zion Christian Church.

His funeral service starts at number 1877 Unit F Lebowa- kgomo at 6.30am.

The cortege will then leave for the Lebowakgomo Civic Centre where a full service will be held.

The cortege will then leave for Silicon Cemetery near Polokwane at noon.