Chairperson of Mamelodi Local Football Association and a high School English and History teacher, Mr Mashifane confirmed he’s not dead. This happened after Mams Radio sports presenter, coordinator and field reporter, Mphaki Mashifane aka “Mafashun” died of a natural cause on Wednesday, 22 April 2020.
The deceased and the teacher shared the same surname ( Mashifane) which caused a shock to most current, former Lehlabile Secondary School Learners including other people who knew Mr Mashifane.
“I’m so sorry people got afflicted by this, student should read carefully when using social media. They must learn to verify the information they get before acting on it. The best place they should have asked for confirmation is the school. Is the school’s responsibility to confirm such and inform the learners Protocol requires that.
The teacher also confirmed that he knew the deceased very well as they were both active in sports, especially football and they used to call each other “bafo” which means brother. He last seen the deceased on the 18th of February 2020 at a sports meeting, the second occasion he invited him to the school reopening as part of the media and Mams Radio representative.
Mamelodi Happenings reporter received calls from former students on Friday 01 May 2020 asking if the teacher had died. Following social media inbox later that day on the same shock.
It was later found out that the teacher had lost his Phone during the period the incident had occurred and he was not reached for immediate comment.
The presenter’s memorial service was broadcasted live on Mams Radio on Wednesday 29 April 2020 due to lockdown.
By: Fortunate Machaba