Statistician General hails fallen father for selfless service to community

The Village Voice

Statistician General Risenga Maluleke has praised his father for selflessly serving the community while he was still alive. The late Sikheto Mahosi Maluleke, better known as Whiskey, died in August last year and the ceremony to unveil his tombstone took place at Altein village over the past weekend and was attended by the pillars of the ruling class in South Africa.

Speaking at the event, Risenga Maluleke said he was proud of the role his father played in service to the community. “My dad was a loving father, a community builder of note and a courageous leader to boot,” said Maluleke, South Africa’s Statistician General. He added that his father played a huge role in unifying the Vanwanati clan, particularly his Guyu section of the clan. Limpopo provincial secretary Reuben Madadzhe was also amongst the speakers but after greeting the people at the event, he allowed local leader Joe M’tititi who had worked with the late Mahosi, to talk on the role he played in the community and the ANC.

M’tititi talked on how the late Mahosi, worked with him and the late Rodgers Ngobeni to develop the community. Amongst the dignitaries at the event were ANC Vhembe chairperson Tshitereke Matibe, former Greater Giyani mayor Basani Shibambu, National Student Financial Aid Scheme board chairperson Ernest Khosa and Robert Nkuna, Director General for the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation in the Presidency.

Also present to bless the occassion were Collins Chabane mayor Shadrack Maluleke, chief whip Eric Baloyi, ANC Collins Chabane subregion Peter Shirinda amongst the so many people who graced the occassion.

The late leader was born at the old M’tititi, now Tshimbupfe on February 22 1940.

From left to right: Ms Basani Shibambu, Reuben Madadzhe, Risenga Maluleke, Tshitereke Matibe and Joe M’tititi

He held various positions in the ANC and the civic. At the time of his passing, he was the chairperson of the Mahlaseng Livestock Forum which fought the stealing of livestock in areas from Malamulele, Hlanganani, Giyani and Sekgosese

The Mayor of Collins Chabane is in the brown suit on the left of Statistician General clad in animal skin. On his right is Hosi Hlaniki in the blue shirt, then Peter Shirinda ANC Sub-Regional Secretary, then Robert Nkuna and Ernest Khosa. There is also Eric Baloyi Chief Whip of the Collins Chabane Municipality next to former Greater Giyani Mayor Basani Shivambu.

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