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Local struggle stalwart Zunaid Mosam has penned a moving tribute for his late friend and fellow comrade, Teenage Monama of Modimolle.
Mosam hailed Monama as a strong individual who was unwavering and always stood his ground.
The tribute follows the passing of the Limpopo SACP Chairperson last weekend.
In his tribute Mosam said he and other comrades from the erstwhile Warmbaths were detained and taken into solitary confinement at the then Nylstroom prison.
“A couple of weeks later we were joined by comrade Teenage, who until then was held in the police cells of Nylstroom Police Station. His arrival was a sense of solace to me. He became my confidante and advised me,” he said.
Mosam also recalled the fondest memories of 1985, when he was invited and tasked to assemble a soccer team which was to participate in a soccer tournament at the erstwhile Potgietersrus, which is now known as Mokopane.
“Our ‘Indian’ community in Modimolle was small, barely twenty families, and I could not muster enough players to participate. I asked my dad, Amin Moostafa, who for many years had a team which was known as Aces United in Phagameng. My father suggested we see comrade Tsietsi Mohapi who owned the popular Troublemakers Football Club. Comrade Mohapi sought the assistance of comrade Teenage. The night before the tournament Teenage, my Dad and I visited several homes and at the end we had the required number of players for the tournament,” he said.
Mosam remembered how they managed to travel to the tournament, using his father’s vehicle and the bakkie belonging to his uncle and local businessman Yacoob Bellim, popularly known at Modimolle as Jakes.
He said it was the late Monama’s stewardship and understanding of the game which led the barefooted team to victory at the tournament, against all odds.
4 months ago 22 February 2018