SATURDAY, 18 April 2020 will be remembered as the saddest day in Limpopo after the burial of two prominent figures in the province.
In one of the two funerals, mourners gathered at Koppermyn outside Lebowakgomo for the funeral of television and radio actor, Charles Maja.
Maja who played the character of Big Boy Mabitsela, Leshole’s father of popular SABC 1 series, Skeem Saam and Bra Tick Machaka on Thobela FM’s drama, Mahlakung passed on last week Thursday at the hospital in Polokwane where he was admitted two weeks.
SABC reported the actor’s family was fined R5 000 for failing to comply with lockdown regulations. Number of mourners at his funeral exceeded the permitted 50. Police removed other people from the cordoned area. Funeral programs was also cut short due to time limitations.
Maja who also wrote some of radio dramas for Thobela FM died at the age of 54 and he is survived by his wife and three children.
Meanwhile mourners gathered at the Muhlava Royal Palace outside Tzaneen for the funeral of Hosi Samuel Muhlava 2 (Pictured by Glacier Nkhwashu).
Muhlava 2 who is the grandson of Hosi Muhlava 1 ascended to the throne of the Vha-Nkuna in 1972 that saw him ruled the Vatsonga of the Vha-Nkuna tribe for 48 years.
The former Speaker and Health Minister of the now defunct homeland of Gazankulu died after a long illness at the age of 76 at the Medi Clinic in Tzaneen, and he is survived by his wife and eight children.
Addressing mourners at the funeral, Limpopo Premier Chipu Mathabatha alluded Hosi Muhlava 2 for his contribution towards the struggle for this country’s freedom and development.
“The funeral service of Hosi Muhlava 2 could have been massive, with pomp and ceremony if the country was not in the thrones of the COVID-19 outbreak that is wreaking havoc across the world. We are now limited to not more than 50 mourners,” said Mathabatha.
Mathabatha added that: “Our government under the able leadership of President Cyril Ramaphosa is doing everything to spare the country from annihilation by the coronavirus pandemic and if people play their part of social distancing, washing hands and staying home, we will overcome the pandemic and emerge victorious.”
Charles Maja’s pictures by SABC