Wednesday, 14 April 2021
Bethlehem: The special provincial funeral of the late renowned Sotho author; Dr KPD Maphalla, was held in Bohlokong; Bethlehem today. The province and the country at large, bid farewell to Dr Maphalla.
Speaker after speaker spoke glowingly, and quite correctly, about the wonderful soul Dr. Maphalla was. The country looked back, with great pride, on a life well lived. It was a rich life. A life of great sacrifice, pain but also a life of great rewards.
Delivering the eulogy; Premier Ntombela said that she was certain that Dr. Maphalla’s heart did not beat any fear of death. She continued to say that his accomplishments bear testimony to a life lived without any fear of the inevitable and his death has robbed us of a fountain of knowledge. She descibed Dr Maphalla as a man of immense talents who was only too happy to share his gift with the world.
“We are grateful that, even in death, Dr. Maphalla’s teachings will continue to inspire us. Yes, he is gone from us physically. Yes, Dr. Maphalla will never come back to us again. However, his work will always be here to remind us that, in our lifetime, there once lived a giant whose pen shaped the lives of generations of people of our province and indeed, our country at large,” said the Premier.
“In my heart, Dr. Maphalla will always live. His memory is well and truly etched in my heart. I will see him whenever I read one of his poems. I will see him whenever I see or talk to Setchaba, his son, who heads communications in The Office of the Premier,” continued Premier Ntombela.
“It is evident that Dr. Maphalla meant so much to the people of our province and country. The outpouring of support since the sad news of his death were announced is further proof that he was a beloved member of our society whose impact has touched all of us. May he rest in perfect peace,”
“To the entire family, may you find comfort in the Lord. There cannot be any doubt that your hearts are heavy with grief, but trust in him, and he will wipe away your tears. Allow Ntate Maphalla to rest, mosebetsi wa hae o ophethile lefatsheng lena. Motlohelleng a phomole,”
“Ke nnete re utlwile bohloko, ke nnete ho boima ho amohela. Empa o phomotse. At the worst, Dr. Maphalla is somewhere very quite. At best, he’s an angel. I choose to believe the latter. Robala ka khotso, Kgotso. Robala ka khotso, Lekgolokwe.” concluded Premier Ntombela.