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Archbishop Samson Azwihangwisi Mudzanani will be laid to rest in Musina this Saturday. Photo supplied.

Musina mourns death of Archbishop Mudzanani

 

The community of Musina is still reeling in shock, following the death of the only archbishop in their border town. The founder of the Voice Apostolic Church, Archbishop Samson Azwihangwisi Mudzanani, passed away last Tuesday (28 May) at a hospital in Polokwane. His church had several branches in Musina, Venda, and Polokwane.

Bishop Titus Madamalala of the Bethlehem African Apostolic Church, who worked closely with Archbishop Mudzanani, also expressed his shock about the passing of his colleague. Bishop Madamalala said he and Archbishop Mudzanani were active members of the Musina Council of Churches. “We are very sad about his death as he was the first and only archbishop here in Musina. His death is a great loss to the religious fraternity as he played a major role in spreading the word of God in Musina and beyond.”

Musina Mayor Nkhanedzeni Godfrey Mawela also sent condolences to the bereaved family. “As government, we regard religious leaders as one of our major stakeholders because their prayers are important for bringing stability in government. His involvement in the Musina Council of Churches clearly demonstrated that he believed in teamwork. He was a familiar figure in almost all government activities, making sure that we integrated prayers into everything we did as government,” he said.

Besides being a dedicated man of God, Mudzanani also worked as a boiler operator at Tiger Brands, Musina. His colleague at work, Godfrey Mudau, said the mood was very down when they learned about the death of their co-worker. He said they would always remember Mudzanani as a principled man who did his work with dedication and professionalism. “He was a kind and friendly, hard worker who was loved by everyone at work. A team member and role player, he was also an inspiration to all of us because he led by example in everything he did at work.”

Mudzanani’s memorial service will take place today (Thursday, 6 June) at the Nancefield Multipurpose Centre at 10:00. His funeral service will take place this Saturday (8 June) at his home in Musina at 06:00.

 

 

Date:09 June 2024

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