Veteran of 1976 was a selfless leader

DR LEFULE David Mathabathe, popularly known as "Deza", was born on February 27 1958 in Mofolo, Soweto. He was the eldest son of late former Morris Isaacson High School principal Lekgau Mathabathe and his wife isabella.

DR LEFULE David Mathabathe, popularly known as "Deza", was born on February 27 1958 in Mofolo, Soweto. He was the eldest son of late former Morris Isaacson High School principal Lekgau Mathabathe and his wife isabella.

Deza was in the Class of 1976 at Morris Isaacson with the likes of Murphy Morobe, Tsietsi Maleho, Omry, Tsietsi Mashinini, Dr Derrick Mthembu, Dr Linda Tshivhuho and Paul Selepe, just to name a few. He obtained his BSc (Med Lab Science) and BSc (Hons) Microbiology at the University of the North, where he was also a junior lecturer.

He then acquired his medical degree, MBChB, at Medunsa in 1996. He worked at Baragwanath and Leratong hospitals as a casualty medical officer.

He practised as a general practitioner from 1997 to 2006 in Diepkloof, Zone 3. He joined the Department of Correctional Services as a senior medical officer in 2006 .

Deza was a father to many, a husband, a brother, a community leader and a selfless medico who always treated the poor for free. He helped many HIV-positive patients with health management programmes for no fee.

He took a course at Wits in HIV-Aids management. He supported vulnerable children and orphans who were affected by HIV-Aids.

He set up an incentives programme that awarded certificates to reservists and volunteers who worked against the abuse of children and women.

Deza was a jazzophile and an ardent Pirates supporter. He'll be missed by his wife Phindile, his children, family, friends, the Diepkloof community and Correctional Services inmates and colleagues.

He will be buried tomorrow at Westpark Cemetery. The service will be held at Rosebank Union Church from 8am to 10am. Robala ka khutso tlou yaga Mathabatha.

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