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Scores of mourners from all walks of life paid their last respects to the late Bela-Bela taxi operator, Musa Mashugu, otherwise known as Bra Musa, on Sunday 18 March.
His family have confirmed he died of natural causes.
He started working as a taxi driver for the Warmbaths Taxi Association (WATA) in 1991, and rose to the status of a fully-fledged operator in 2006.
He served two terms in the association’s executive committee as a training officer.
Mashugu also served on the taxi associations’ forum which looked into the problems members, operators and associations face on a daily basis.
He is survived by five children.
Nduna and Nese Mashugu have also been in the taxi industry for more than five years, and said they have enjoyed working with their father.
Condolences poured in from the entire taxi industry including WATA and other associations, colleagues, neighbours and friends.
Among them was prominent taxi operator, Jabulani Tswago, who expressed sadness and heartbreak over Mashugu’s passing.
“I lost a man who meant much more to me than a friend. I recruited him from his previous job to join the taxi industry, and we grew up together,” he said.
Tswago said Mashugu had one taxi operating locally and when he spoke to him on the day he passed, he was planning on bringing a second one into the fleet.
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