Farewell, Mama Nantoni's beautiful boy

24 January 2021 - 00:00 By Moloto Mothapo

On the solemn occasion of his mother's funeral in Witbank a few years ago, Jackson Mthembu persistently boasted to anyone within earshot, with a delightful, glowing countenance, how his mom used to tell him how beautiful he was. He said emphatically: "My mother always told me and everyone: this is my very beautiful, handsome boy!"

Just in case a listener doubted the mother's charming attestation, Mvelase, as he was known, would promptly and animatedly corroborate, "Heey, phela ngimuhle mina," (Hey, I am beautiful) before sealing it with that trademark belly laugh...

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