Mohlala laid to rest

Riot Hlatshwayo

Riot Hlatshwayo

The funeral of Jimmy Mohlala, Mbombela municipality speaker, was attended by thousands of mourners yesterday at the KaNyamazane Stadium east of Nelspruit.

It was attended by Mpumalanga Premier Thabang Makwetla, Dina Pule, Mpumalanga MEC for sports, culture and recreation and ANC national executive committee member, public protector Lawrence Mu-shwana, Mpumalanga ANC chairman David "DD" Mabuza, Mbombela municipality executive mayor Lassy Chiwayo, provincial legislature speaker Pinky Phosa, Ehlanzeni executive mayor Khosi Mkhonto and speaker Caswel Maluleke.

"The question we continue asking ourselves is why comrade Jimmy had to go this way?" Pule said.

Mohlala was shot dead on January 5 in his home in KaNyamazane.

l Meanwhile, Richard Nkosi reports that SA soccer administrator Reuben Ma-hlalela was given a fitting send-off in Masibekela Trust, Mpu-malanga, on Saturday. He died after a short illness in Nelspruit last Saturday.

More than 5000 mourners, including a host of state officials, bade farewell to the former Safa vice-president.