“Mother of the Nation” Maxawu Malungani lauded at her funeral
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Giyani’s internationally acclaimed motivational speaker and churchman Dr Bishop Solomon Chavalala says an extraordinary person is an ordinary person with extraordinary deeds.
Dr Bishop Chavalala of the True Vine Ministry in Giyani Section F was speaking at Nkomo village outside Giyani today during the funeral service of granny Maxawu Noria Malungani aka Eva who died on January 23 at the advanced age of 106.
The celebrated woman, who bore five children including two well-known bishops and raised them single handedly after the death of her husband, was buried at Nkomo cemetery on Saturday under strict lockdown conditions.
Giving a motivational message during the funeral service at the Malungani household Dr Bishop Chavalala who is the head of True Vine Church at Giyani Section F lauded the dead woman for raising children under harsh conditions who ended up being respected members of society.
After one of her children passed on, there are two respected bishops out of her surviving four children, namely Bishop Professor Mlunghisi Erasmus Malungani, the founder and leader of Don’t Blame God International Ministry with 54 branches in Mozambique, 14 in Zimbabwe and many branches in South Africa and Bishop ZB Malungani who heads Ephesus Church of God with branches at Nkomo 22b, Muyexe and Mbhalati.
Her other two children Burisa and Nyiko are also respected Christians.
Dr Bishop Chavalala hailed the late woman for working her way up from hard times to greatness.
He said it is not easy to raise children especially with nothing.
“Some people are child bearers since they bear children and do not care about them but the late Mother of the Nation was a parent; parents are those who suffer for their children to get food on the table and child bearers do no care but only plant children, “ said Dr Bishop Chavalala.
He continued, “She was wired with an element of prosperity, that is why even after the death of her husband, she stood like Moses, taking the family forward.”
“She saw an opportunity in every difficulty and no difficulty I every situation. In other words she was not chicken minded but eagle minded,” said Dr Bishop Chavalala who was the younger brother of the late comrade Xigevenga, real names Nzama Jackson Chavalala.
Bishop Bhekimpi Mchunu, the president of the Church Leaders Council of South Africa said he drove all the way from KwaZulu Natal because of his love for Professor Dr Malungani and other church men in Limpopo. But his speech was cut short because of the lockdown conditions.
In attendance was the staff of Vision FM that was started by Prof Dr Malungani which he said its formation was inspired by “her inclination towards humanity.”
The station has been able to attract some of the best brains in the industry. The news division is led by the well known Riot Hlatswayo who as a journalist was at one point the Sowetan bureau chief while livewire radio announcer Mafosi Chauke has joined the station from GCR.
Another internationally recognised motivational speakers and broadcasting doyen pastor Strike Manganyi also has a programme on the station.
The late woman’s only surviving daughter Burisa has hailed her mother for the success in the family.
“When we were having it tough in life, she used to say swi ta lungha (things will come right) and I see things have come right and more is still to come,” she said.