The Death of Magogo

30 September 2007

One fateful day, one that will go indelibly inscribed into the annals of the Masilela’s history and that of the extended family of Number 43, is the 30th of September 2007. That is the day uMagogo gracefully “bowed out of this world, profoundly content with her contribution to the livelihoods of people around her.” This was exactly three months after the historic launch of the book about her very eventful yet humble life, Number 43 Trelawney Park; kwaMagogo. What a shock this was. It continues to reverberate to this very day.

This was a dark year for the Masilela’s. It was not only because of the passing on of uMagogo, but also the passing on of a few other members of the extended family as well as people who are key to the history of Number 43, namely:

19 March 2007 – uNokzola Mabilisa
March 2007 – uSis Peggy Manyatsi
29 March 2007 – uAlettah Masilela
14 October 2007 – uNcamsile Masilela

The family was showered with blessings, from the many people who extended soothing words of condolences. The Masilela family would like to thank everybody for the prayers, warm thoughts and words of comfort. We deeply remain indebted to each and everyone of you.

Written Condolences Received

Thabang Makwetla

My deepest condolences my dear brother, and our sincere sympathy with the whole family.

30th Sep 2007

Harry and Mary Nxumalo

Dear Elias and Nonhlanhla, I have just returned from a pilgrimage at Ngome… I am very sorry and shocked to hear of the untimely passing away of our beloved mother… May the Almighty keep and protect and comfort you all in His special way, at this difficult time, boDlambili.

30th Sep 2007

General Sipho Matashe

Akuhlanga lu ngehlanga, Ngagaru! I am leaving for Dar es Salaam at noon and will only be back Friday evening. Keep strong and keep me posted of developments as I am roaming.

30th Sep 2007

Vusi Sindane

Mfowethu, it certainly is a dark and sad moment for us all. We must muster every energy for this is too hard a blow. Do stay strong.

30th Sep 2007

June Hank

BoMasilela, kuthiwani mase kunje. I really do not know except to say she is resting now. My deepest sympathy.

30th Sep 2007

Tsidi Cele

Elias, It is most sad that this had to happen while you could not be with her. We deeply share your pain. God has a purpose and reason for everything in our lives. We are grieving with u boMasilela.

30th Sep 2007

Sheila Howe

Ncesini boMasilela. She was a great Mother, Friend and I Value the years shared with her…

30th Sep 2007

Fundi and Xolile Tshazibana

Our deepest condolences to you and your family. We were all truly were all truly blessed to have known her.

30th Sep 2007

Calsile Masilela

BoMasilela, silahlekelwe ngaMagogo. I am short of words to express how we feel.

30th Sep 2007

Nomsa Kekana

My dear cousins, our sympathy to you all. Very strange on Thursday when I woke up, I was missing uMkagomo because I had dreamt of her. Maybe it was a way of her saying “so long”. I trust you. All I know is that you are courageous. Continue to be strong with Godly wisdom. Take care…

30th Sep 2007

Nelisa Mpungose-Lawton

…Cannot think of any words of comfort to guys right now.

30th Sep 2007

Mildred Dzimba

My condolences. Sorry to hear such news.

30th Sep 2007

Qhawe Masilela

I am confirming the sad news from this morning. Angati kutsi what words are most appropriate. I do though wish a blanket of comfort on the Masilela Family.

30th Sep 2007

Vusi Vvo Mabilisa

Oh Elias, I am shattered. I was optimistic that she was over the worst. Please accept my deepest condolences. I can’t claim to know how you are feeling right now, but the loss of my dad in 1996 and the recent loss of Nokzola, gives me a vague idea. Akwehlanga okungehli bo Dlambili. The Lord has answers. I have lost a mother.

30th Sep 2007

Robert Roux

Hi Elias, I am very sorry to hear about your loss! Best wishes with the all the arrangements and I hope you will find comfort in the family. Travel safely.

30th Sep 2007

Oupa Masilela

My biggest condolences… Sorry broer.

30th Sep 2007

Moses Zungu

Mfana, izindaba ezibihlungu kakhulu lezo. Kusho ukuthi uMagogo bekalinde incwadi yakho. Nyicabanga ukuthi uhambe ejabulile and I think you made her feel proud. I usually tell people ukuthi I am an adopted Masilela. I trust ukuthi oMasilela are strong in spirit. Keep being strong.

30th Sep 2007

Dolly Monare

I am so very sorry. I will forward the message to all who knew uMagogo.

30th Sep 2007

Zandi Mlambo

Elias, I am so sorry about your mom. Akwehlanga olungehli. UMagogo sekaphumulile. She held on till you were able to bestow the highest honour on her, your memoirs and the role she played…. Qina Masilela. You and your family are in my prayers.

30th Sep 2007

JP Landman

Ai Elias, I am so sorry to hear. My deepest condolences. You did her proud before she went.

30th Sep 2007

Dominic Mageba Zulu

During this dark and sad day in the Masilela family, hold hands as a family and be strong. On behalf of my family, may her soul rest in peace…

30th Sep 2007

Phumzile Mdladla

My deepest condolences to you and the family. We pray that God’s comfort be yours at this difficult time.

30th Sep 2007

Victor Mtolo Fakudze

My deepest sympathy bo Ndlambili. What a great Mother we have had amidst us. May her soul rest in peace.

30th Sep 2007

Shireen Chodree

Elias, My deepest sympathy to you and your family are in my prayers.

30th Sep 2007

Mduduzi Rwanda Masilela

We are SORRY re uMagogo. It is depressing. One does not know what to say. Find strength in HIM who MAKES it all HAPPEN. You have all our SUPPORT bro. Just shout.

30th Sep 2007

Kaylene Levack

Dear Elias. To you and your family. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Know that you are in my prayers.

1st Oct 2007

Phindile Matsebula

Ncesini boMasilela. We are with you in prayer during this trying time. Be strong and trust in the Lord.

2nd Oct 2007

Vincent Maphai

Sorry to hear about the family bereavement. In New York until weekend. Will call when am home.

2nd Oct 2007

Solly Nkabinde

Our condolences go out to you and family. She lived her life to the full and congratulations to you for according her the recognition she deserved while still alive. God bless you. Regards.

2nd Oct 2007

Moliehi Molekoa

Morning Ntate. My sincere condolences on uMagogo’s passing. May her soul rest in peace. Draw strength in knowing that she’s played her part well in this life.

3rd Oct 2007

Sheila Howe

Hope you are holding up okay.

3rd Oct 2007

Dolly Monare

Elias, once again, we the Monare family are very sorry about your loss…

3rd Oct 2007

Harry Nxumalo

Dlambili. May the Almighty God be the source of strength at this difficult time that has befallen boMasilela. Kind regards.

3rd Oct 2007

Mgijima Cynthia

Dear Elias, May her soul rest in peace. Ncesini bo Masilela. Kind regards.

3rd Oct 2007

Hopewell Kuzwayo

Please accept my heartfelt condolences on your loss. Our prayers are with you and yours during this trying time. Kind regards.

3rd Oct 2007

Johann Fedderke

Dear Elias. I am very sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept Astrid & my deepest condolences. Best wishes.

3rd Oct 2007

Basil Maseko

Hi Elias. Condolences on the passing of your mom. The old cadres are leaving us. Our mom also passed on a month ago.

3rd Oct 2007

Thabsile Shezi

You have paid your debt it now remains with us.

3rd Oct 2007

Mariette du Plessis

Dear Elias and Family. My heartfelt condolences on your great loss.  The only comfort we have is that the good memories will live on in our hearts. Kind regards.

3rd Oct 2007

Matthew Stern

Hi Elias. Once again, please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of your mother.  I can only try to understand how difficult this might be and my thoughts are with you and your family over this time.

3rd Oct 2007

Kay Lala

Hi Elias, I understand that your mom passed away this past weekend and I wanted to pass on my deepest condolences to you and your family.  I am blessed to still have both my parents and I can’t imagine how difficult this time must be for you.  I trust that you are surrounded by support and love and that you will strength therein. Kindest regards.

3rd Oct 2007

Letshego Keikelame

Heard about your Mom. My condolences.

4th Oct 2007

Faith Kobo

How are you doing? I heard about uMagogo, I am really sorry bhuti, take courage and comfort in knowing that she had done such extraordinary work and your book is already out. My prayers are with you and I will be here when you return. Kind regards.

4th Oct 2007

Audrey Mothupi

I am so sorry! My thoughts are with you and your family! May her soul rest in peace! Regards.

4th Oct 2007

Moses Bheki Zungu

Elias and All the Masilelas. I feel very sad that I cannot attend the funeral kaMagogo. I had wanted to. However, I have a personal/family commitment which had been scheduled for this weekend. Unfortunately, it requires myself and it’s life-threatening. I’ll explain it to you next time we meet. I hope you forgive me and also pray for me. I’m confident that umsebenzi will go well. UMagogo alale ngokuthula!! My condolences.

4th Oct 2007

Khulu Ntshingila

Sorry to hear about your loss. May her soul rest in peace.

4th Oct 2007

Vuyisile Sikelela Hlatshwayo

Dear Elias, On behalf of the The Nation Directors and staff, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to you and the extended Masilela family. uMagogo was a true African Mother to all of us. May uMagogo’s Soul Rest In Peace.

5th Oct 2007

Tiny Kgatlwane

I do hope that preparations are going well and do pass on my condolences…

5th Oct 2007

Vakashile Simelane

Hi bhuti, just to say you are all in our thoughts and prayers. You are blessed that she waited for your book.

5th Oct 2007

Veli Riba

My brother – My deepest condolences on the death of your mother.

5th Oct 2007

Lindiwe Dlamini

Receive my condolences on the death of your Mother, pray that God helps you to adjust to a life without her. She has been the center of your life, thus the void her absence will create! Regards.

5th Oct 2007

Busi Dlamini

My sincere condolences to you and your family on the loss of Magogo. You will be in our prayers during this time. I am traveling this weekend and will not make it for the funeral. I trust that all will proceed well. I will talk to you later. Thanks and regards.

5th Oct 2007

Rudolph & Mariana Jansen

Dear Elias & Family, Our deepest sympathy with the death of uMagogo, Makgomo Masilela. She would be forever remembered by her family, friends and the people who, unfortunately, did not know her personally be got to know this remarkable family through your book. God bless.

5th Oct 2007

Welile Satane Nhlapo

I hope umsebenzi waMagogo uhambe kahle…

5th Oct 2007

UMalume Sathane

It is always the most difficult reality to accept that UmaGogo ujike nge corner and just left like that. Makgomo could you not wait a few months at least for us to say as we did so many times that thank you for being a mother to so many of us. We will continue to miss you as our own because that is what you made us to feel. If you are happy where you are then we should celebrate your life until the end of time. You touched so many young hearts and all of them owe it to for what they are. You have done your part in life and for that you will ever live in our hearts.

Ku baba Masilela nabo bonke abantwana nzizukulwane take solace in the fact that your loss is equally shared by many of those who came to know your family and enjoyed your selfless support even in the face of the extreme danger. Thank you for being who you are. Magogo as you go down to your final resting place we want to say with a lump in our throats – Robala ka Kgotso Makgomo.

6th Oct 2007

FUNDZA STAFF

Our condolences on the passing of your mother. bye then.

8th Oct 2007

Tineyi and Gail Mawocha

Our most sincere condolences to you and Nonhanhla on the passing away of your mom and liberation struggle heroine. Unfortunately we could not attend the funeral as went on camp out of town. Please let us know when next you will be around then we can get together. Please be comforted in your time of sorrow. God is still in control.

8th Oct 2007

Matsie Seritsane

I am so sorry to hear about your mom. Unfortunately, I have been out of the office and have only learned about this today. May you and your family find comfort in this difficult time. Ncesi man.

8th Oct 2007

Thandile Nxumalo

Hi Elias, Just got back from home and am told your Mom passed away last week. I wanted to tell you how sorry I am. Having lost a Father I know the pain of losing a parent and how hard it is to accept that they are in a better place and that it is only the physical presence that goes and not the memories or intangible never-ending presence. She must have been so proud of you and how you immortalized her in her lifetime, I hope that gives you cause to celebrate and have hope in this dark period.

9th Oct 2007

Xolani Humphrey Mkhwanazi

Eli, I was devasted when I learned about the passing on of uMagogo. I was even more so when I could not be there to accompany her on her final journey. I arrived that Saturday morning from London. Lalani ngenxeba boMasilela. … I am sure she passed on a happy Mama after your book my brother.

11th Oct 2007

Xolani Humphrey Mkhwanazi

Broer, Please do not blame yourself. In my view, you gave her the very best send off by the book Eli. Time for moving on does come mfo.

11th Oct 2007

Nelisiwe Radience Mazibuko

So sorry for the loss. I would have liked to have come to Swaziland for the funeral, was unfortunately constrained by matters beyond my control…

11th Oct 2007

Nomsa Tibane

Morning, my sincere condolences! … Hope you will cope, but it leaves a vacuum.

13th Oct 2007

Penny and Nick

We extend our belated condolences on the passing of your Mother and heroine of your recent work. She was a bright thread, weaving love and personality into God’s eternal tapestry. I know you will miss her deeply. But how proud you must have made her, that she could see your book, and the account of some of her life, prior to her passing. You and your family are in our prayers. Love.

15th Oct 2007

Nomsa Tibane

Nilale ngelinxeba boMasilela! My sincere condolences.

15th Oct 2007

Sharon Wallett

Elias, I am so sorry to hear about the passing away of your mum. Please accept my deepest sympathies.

16th Oct 2007

Gcebile Dlamini

Hi bhuti, When faced with such a terrible loss, we are haunted by things we are unable to understand. Why us? Why our loved ones? Why now? The solace we seek will arise from neither the questions we ask nor the answers we seek. We, therefore, look for consolation and succour in our strongest belief in love’s eternal bond and the knowledge that those whom we love never truly leave us.

May that love lift you and hold you close, and give you peace and may you take comfort in knowing there are now more angels watching over you and the entire clan who were so proud of the stalwart, UMagogo.

Indeed she was one of a kind; you spoke to me about the plans for the book long before anybody else got to know about it. It was in September on the day I came back from studying in the UK (2003). At that time it was this distant dream and I must confess, to me it did not seem like anything that would see the light of day. I was mistaken!

That plan was soon translated into action and your mom, the great woman that she was had to wait until every little detail was completed. Talk about being lucky and rare, for time stood still for her to fulfill all her lifelong ambitions. How many have had that rare privilege, too few! My thoughts and prayers are with you.

16th Oct 2007

Thobile Dlamini

I heard about the loss of uMajayvane (as you fondly referred to her). Sad! Will see you at the funeral. The deepest sympathy goes to you and your family during this trying time. Be strong and trust your maker. He knows it all…

17th Oct 2007

Maina

The hardest of Life’s lessons is loss, in which the having becomes without. (My father passed away this morning). Whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.

17th Oct 2007

Mildred Dzimba

Hope you are fine.  Nothing much, just an encouragement after the loss of your mother, which I can imagine must have hit you hard (which may have with every child).  Once more, my condolences. Keep well.

22nd Oct 2007

Sharon Wallett

Hi Elias, I have been trying for the longest to call you, to express my deepest sympathies for the loss of your mum…

31st Oct 2007

Myzo Magagula

I personally was not around during the time when Magogo passed on but as I reflected on the events I just saw Gods Blessings to you and your Family that everything appears to have been planned in Heaven and Gogo’s departure is certainly no Mistake – though sad. You have been truly Blessed to have her present in your adult life for such a long time, which most of us envied as we were left to fend for ourselves at a tender age. May Gods Grace continue to strengthen you from day to day and may your Wisdom grow as you Age. Regards to your Family.

12th Dec 2007

Hilton Toolo

… deepest condolences for your loss. The simplest and bravest women I have been blessed to meet.

29th Dec 2007

Sbongile Motsa

Ncesini boMasilela. Please do not cry. You need to celebrate the life yaMagogo. It is not long that the country celebrated her, as if it was a premonition. She would not want to be mourned but celebrated.

29th Dec 2007

Florence Maina

Pole Sana. Mungu akubariki. Condolences to the family. We will pray for you. We would have wanted to be there to hold your hands. Unfortunately, we are unable to do so. Take care.

29th Dec 2007

Tshidi Cele

Swazi, Please accept as God’s will. I deeply share your pain and will put you in my prayers. It is sad not to have someone you call Mom anymore, but uMagogo is resting now and not suffering any pain anymore. Phephisa sisi, please be strong for all of us.

29th Dec 2007

Busi Ndala

A woman of real beauty smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress and grows brave by reflection and prayer. Good is with you sisi.

29th Dec 2007

Hlengiwe Motsa

It is hard, but be strong. We might have wished to be with her but she is now safe with the Lord. Akukwehli olungehlanga. It is just a trial. One day will be happily joined together with her.

29th Dec 2007

Leigh Darroll

Thank you for letting me know. My thoughts are with you and your family. It is always a sad time, but I say, with you, May her soul rest in peace. And may you remember with joy and thanks all the blessings she brought you in your life. I send you a big hug for strength, and love for warmth and light to surround you.

29th Dec 2007

Glenda Venn

That is sad news for your very amazing family – my personal condolences and warm greetings not only for you but for the family as well. May she rest well knowing that she left an enormous legacy behind.

29th Dec 2007

Azola Majeke

My deepest condolences to you and your family. May God strengthen you during this trying time.

29th Dec 2007

Bakhombisile Mkhwanazi

My sincere condolences, Elias. She has rested Bhuti and what more after seeing the fruits of her labour in you and your siblings. She must be smiling with contentment for her contribution to not only her immediate family has been recognised but to the wider community and society to make the world a better place for Gods creation to excel. Let her rest in peace. I pray that the Lord fill the void and give you a spirit of acceptance of what you cannot change and the courage to face tomorrow with the knowledge that God loves you. Even Now.

29th Dec 2007

The Cluver Family

Please know that our thoughts are with your family during this time. Lots of love.

29th Dec 2007

Mike Matsebula

May the Lord open his gates to her soul to rest in His Kingdom. Thank Him for having given her so much time with you on this earth.  It is rare.  May He also give you and the rest of your family strength and comfort in this dark hour.

29th Dec 2007

Alfred Le Maitre

Please accept my condolences at this time. It was a great privilege to meet uMagogo at the book launch in June. She was a remarkable woman, and this shines through in the book. Best wishes.

29th Dec 2007

Olivia Davids

Please accept my condolences on the loss of your mom. I wish you strength and courage at this difficult time. Our thoughts are with you. Very best wishes.

29th Dec 2007

Harry Nxumalo

Once again my condolences for the untimely passing away of your beloved mother.

29th Dec 2007

Zodwa Mabuza

My sincere condolences. May God the almighty comfort you at this darkest moment. Where and when is the funeral?

29th Dec 2007

Thembi Mabuza

My deepest sympathy & love at the time of sadness. May God Almighty comfort you. Warm regards.

29th Dec 2007

Kevin Fletcher

My deepest sympathy to you and best wishes to the entire Masilela family.

29th Dec 2007

Florence Maina

Dear Elias and Masilela Family, I Am so sorry and wish to extend my family’s condolences on the passing away of your great Mum- uMagogo. Am honoured to have met such a great lady, her life was well lived and I know from the way you spoke of her and of course too from reading the book….that she was indeed the light in your home! Though am not able to join you as you celebrate her life, please remember that am here with you in spirit praying that God will give you all strength and courage to continue on without her. May the Almighty God rest her soul in eternal peace!

29th Dec 2007

Theo & Hestea

So sorry to hear. We will think of you and the family at this time in our prayers.

29th Dec 2007

Josephilda Nhlapho

Sincerest condolences, alwehlanga olungehlanga.indeed a giant, a rock has passed on. Ngizokwazisa abanye, kakhulukazi uBaba.

29th Dec 2007

Sathane Nhlapo

Dlamblili, I was with Jabu and broke the sad news to me. I have now come into the residence  and found your message. It is really a sad day for me and feel empty and hopeless about the fact of seperated by distance and time. We all feel the lost of uMAGOGO. Please keep us informed about the arrangements so we can send a message to the funeral. Uluhlanga lingehlanga. Keep strong. Let Magogo rest in peace.

29th Dec 2007

Sthofeni Ginindza

I am sad to hear that Masilela, but I trust God has great plans for her in the next world, as she did in the first. We are with u in this sad hour.

29th Dec 2007

Carol Butcher

I am very sorry to hear of your grandmother’s passing. Your grandmother was clearly a remarkable woman who touched the lives of many, in a powerful and positive way, and someone who made the world a much better place. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers at this very sad time.

29th Dec 2007

Nadia & Mel Bassett and all at Tlatsoi Events Management

We are sorry to learn of your dear Mother’s passing- How wonderful that she was able to witness the launch of your book – She must have been so proud. Seldom does one find a man that honours and respects his mother as you do yours. May her spirit dwell with you forever. With deepest sympathy.

29th Dec 2007

Bongani Masuku

Dear Mr Masilela,

I learned with shock the sudden passing away of our dear granny, that woman who gave birth to a nation in the womb of a catastrophe. We all owe it to her courage, foresight, integrity and genuine love for what is right. When all others chose to fear or leave in oblivion for fear of the monster that apartheid was, in all humility she chose, together with her husband to sacrifice her family, her comfort and her material desires for the sake of a nation, what a lesson for us today!

Please convey my sincerest condolences to the family and let them know that they can take pride in the full knowledge that she played her role with such honour and dignity that she deserves a special place in heaven and pride in our history books for giving birth to such a wonderful dream, the liberation of a people and the ultimate birth of a nation. But is also befitting tribute to her that she passed away just after her recognition by her family, the beneficiaries of her benevolence and care and the people of both affected countries.

Please find solace in the knowledge that your loss is our loss and that she lived her life to the fullest, so that she can proudly say, I have no regrets that I could not complete the mission for which I set myself, I explored my purpose of life to the fullest and realised what so many would not realise even in two lifetimes. It was worth the sacrifice and it leaves me so happy and fulfilled.  In short, we all feel a deep sense of personal loss in her passing away and do accept our sincere condolences. NB: On another note, I must also apologise that our conversation about a possible meeting could not be taken to its conclusion, on my part, I have just come back from Latin America, but would hope that you will find time in your hectic schedule to accommodate that initiative, once all is done at home, given your situation for now.

3rd Oct 2007