The family says he passed away on the Saturday morning of 24 June 2017.
Standerton municipal manager Linda Tshabalala’s father is no more…
Piet Tshabalala died at the age of 94 in his sleep at his home in the Standerton township of Sakhile the past Saturday.
He was highly skilled in carpentry and joinery and later added carpet joining and fitting to his expertise.
In a statement, Linda said his father was a staunch Catholic “to his last day on earth”.
“He will be missed by many, especially his family, friends and colleagues,” Linda said.
A month ago Tshabalala’s home was attacked and vandalised during a SANCO march that turned violent and saw a 14 year old boy being killed by police. He was inside his home when the attack occurred and had to be taken to a place of safety. He was admitted to hospital shortly after the incident.
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“Since his house was stoned by SANCO hooligans on 19 May 2017, his health deteriorated continuously,” Linda said.
“He then passed on from this world on the 24th of June 2017,” he said.
Tshabalala will be laid to rest at the Sakhile cemetery.
He is survived by 7 children, 3 sons which include Linda and 4 daughters as well as grand-children and great grand-children.
He was born on 5 December 1923 near Amersfoort, south of Ermelo, where he also did his primary school and worked in the farms but then later moved to find work in Standerton farms at a very young age.
He met and got married to the late Maggie Tshabalala, fathering her 8 children – 5 daughters and 3 sons.
One of Tshabalala’s daughters has since died.
“Because of his intelligence and commitment, he underwent training and qualified for carpentry and joinery, later qualifying for carpet joining and fitting.
“He excelled in all he did in his life,” Linda added.
The details of his funeral are as follows:
Saturday 1 July 2017
08:00 – 11:00
Roman Catholic Church
1167 Mncube Drive
(edited by ZK)
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