Rakgoale “Mokoko” Judas Setagane Laid to Rest in Lephepane


By Staff Reporter

LEPHEPANE- On Saturday, May 18, the community of Lephepane witnessed a poignant and heartfelt farewell as teachers from across Greater Tzaneen, family members, friends, and soccer enthusiasts gathered to lay Rakgoale Judas Setagane, affectionately known as Mokoko, to rest.

The funeral service was a testament to the profound impact Mokoko had on those around him. Speaker after speaker took to the podium to celebrate his life, describing him as a hardworking teacher and a dedicated community builder. Mokoko’s commitment to education and his role in shaping young minds was evident in the heartfelt tributes paid by his colleagues and former students.

Mokoko was not only a respected educator but also a passionate football enthusiast. In the local community, he was well-known for his love of the game and his significant contributions to local soccer. As the Head of Referees for the KLG (Kaizer Letsoalo Games), he played a crucial role in promoting fair play and nurturing young talent.

The ceremony, held in Lephepane village, was marked by a strong sense of community and camaraderie. Teachers from various schools in the Greater Tzaneen area shared memories of Mokoko’s dedication to his profession and his unwavering commitment to his students. They spoke of his tireless efforts to inspire and uplift those around him, both in the classroom and on the soccer field.

Family members and friends also paid tribute to Mokoko, reflecting on his generosity, kindness, and the many ways he touched their lives. His ability to balance his professional responsibilities with his passion for football left a lasting impression on everyone who knew him.

The soccer community, in particular, mourned the loss of a true enthusiast. Mokoko’s involvement in local football went beyond refereeing; he was a mentor and a guiding force for many young players. His leadership and dedication to the sport ensured that soccer thrived in the community, providing an outlet for youth and fostering a spirit of teamwork and discipline.

As the funeral procession moved through Lephepane, there was a palpable sense of loss but also of celebration for a life well-lived. Mokoko’s legacy as an educator and a football fanatic will continue to resonate in the hearts of those he inspired.

In the words of one speaker, “Mokoko was a pillar of strength in our community, a beacon of hope for many, and a true lover of the beautiful game. His legacy will live on through the countless lives he touched and the positive changes he brought to our community.”

Rakgoale Judas Setagane, fondly known as Mokoko, may have been laid to rest, but his spirit, dedication, and passion will continue to inspire the Lephepane community and beyond.

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