Sitting here with the best gift my mother left me – Lumumba


Sitting here with the best gift my mother left me – Lumumba. Yesterday morning at 06h30 when my mom took her last breath, she handed the baton of raising my younger brother to me. I now have a 14 year old child to raise, to impart the values that my mother taught me to. My mom’s death has left a void in my heart. And the pain it has brought is immeasurable. Were it not for this boy seated infront of me, I would not have the strength to go on. I can never replace my mom, and I can never erase the pain that Lumumba is feeling and will feel for a long time, but I vow to myself and to my beautiful mother that I am going to raise a man she would have been proud of.
We will always love her. In us, she lives forever.


Sihle Gloria Dzimba

I feel your pain Malaika, I lost my mother 9 years ago to cancer and was also left with the responsibility to be a mother to a then 13 year old boy…For the first few weeks it was so hard to accept, and the pain was immeasurable but i had to be strong for my little brother…somehow i always felt like wherever my mother was, she was just there giving me strength to do it all, today he is doing his last year at varsity and i am so proud….i do not know you personally but from the interactions i’ve had with you on this platform i am confident that your little brother is fortunate to have the opportunity to have you….Your mother raised a phenomenal woman in you….be strong Sisi❤❤

Ngcamphalala Mcolisi

Malaika when my dad passed on in 2005, my mother was covered with blankets and never left the house, except when she had to answer the call of nature, and even then, she would be heavily shielded. As a mere 14 year old, I organised my fathers funeral from scratch. He left six of my siblings which i had to raise. I dropped out of school several times to ensure they continued. My mother is partially deaf and most of the time she stays home. I raised my siblings. One was eventually shot and killed. He is the one you attended his funeral. He had won a scholarship to study in Taiwan but he went away just like that. Another one married this year. Another one is starting first year at college. One is in matric and the others still in lower grades. Myself I am doing first year too at university for my second degree. This is doable my sister. You will live and prosper. Just accept what happened….sad as it is…

    Gugulethu Kheswa

    I just love you and your strength. God bless❤

    Ngcamphalala Mcolisi

    Life is hard comrade but with other people out there, it becomes easier. We just need to believe and focus whilst working hard

    Allan Tanaka Chaumba

    Strength to you lioness

    Nyaniso Nkubungu

    Thank-you for being selfless. Thank-you. We are imbued by your courage.

    MakaReddy NoBhuti

    I admire you, may the good Lord keep on shining His face upon you

    Mbu TeBo Lothlare Dikgacwi

    I just can imagine how painful it is to lose a parent as both of mine are still alive…but reading these testimonies of you comrades I find strength and hope…

    Ngcamphalala Mcolisi

    To tell tou comrades, overcoming my fathers death and the inherent responsibilities thereafter was not easy. I took antidepressants five years after and guess who helped me stop them and move on? Its Dipuo Mahlatsi. Two days was enough to stop them when I had started to view them as part of my life. Its never easy but with other people, things just work for the better.

Gugulethu Kheswa

I just love you and your strength. God bless❤

Ngcamphalala Mcolisi

Life is hard comrade but with other people out there, it becomes easier. We just need to believe and focus whilst working hard

Allan Tanaka Chaumba

Strength to you lioness

Nyaniso Nkubungu

Thank-you for being selfless. Thank-you. We are imbued by your courage.

MakaReddy NoBhuti

I admire you, may the good Lord keep on shining His face upon you

Mbu TeBo Lothlare Dikgacwi

I just can imagine how painful it is to lose a parent as both of mine are still alive…but reading these testimonies of you comrades I find strength and hope…

Ngcamphalala Mcolisi

To tell tou comrades, overcoming my fathers death and the inherent responsibilities thereafter was not easy. I took antidepressants five years after and guess who helped me stop them and move on? Its Dipuo Mahlatsi. Two days was enough to stop them when I had started to view them as part of my life. Its never easy but with other people, things just work for the better.

Zine Sapula

You have grown so old while you are young by age. Your heart is so big, with no doubt Lumumba wouldn’t have chosen any better sister even if he had a chance. You doing great baby girl and God will be with you every step of your lives.

Ann Eveleth

Neither Dipuo nor Lumumba could have asked for a better person to pick up the baton in raising your brother into a man your mother would have continued to cherish as much as she cherished you. You’ve got this, and we will all be available to support both of you however, and whenever, you need us. Love to you both! <3

Barbara Mhangami

You are indeed your mother’s daughter: strong focused and purpose- driven. You and Lumumba will thrive because you are her babies . The strength that she had lives in you. I love you. I am here.

Palesa Motshoene

Oh your mother raised you well Malaika & I believe you will carry on with the baton. Stay strong ❤️

Jenny Mc Praiser

What I know universe has a way of preparing us for the,worst ….You long took Lumumba over from your mom though it was during school holidays but that was just a step towards fulltime mothering. I trust your capabilities

Senzo Ndluzele Sibiya

Kodwa nge Com’

    Mbulelo Mandlana

    She was jolly. She would call Malaika Mahlatsi izim-zim for her Pan Africanist sympathies as congress comrades called Azapo and PAC people. That amused her and she would laugh aside. Beautiful person. She would say I’m raising izim-zim

Mbulelo Mandlana

She was jolly. She would call Malaika Mahlatsi izim-zim for her Pan Africanist sympathies as congress comrades called Azapo and PAC people. That amused her and she would laugh aside. Beautiful person. She would say I’m raising izim-zim

Lusanda Hoyi

Somehow you have been so ready for this task Malaika, you have always been mothering your brother ever since I have known you and sharing your stories. You mom is in peace she sure knows how you will be a good mother to your brother.

My heart is with you in this difficult but passing time. ❤️much love

Nkhensani Kubayi

You will both be fine, It’s a process and in time it will feel better. Ousi Dipuo is looking at both of you and smiling.

Fhedzz Pandelani

Nobody dare knows or says what you could be going through. When it comes to issues of loss occasioned by death, no one experience can be equated with another. Stay strong, cry if you may…these are vicissitudes of life and death becomes an episode in that chain. We are all here to give you a supporting hand…May Dipuo’s soul rest in eternal peace


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