- Orlando Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza's wife has sadly passed away at the age of 69
- The devastating news was confirmed by the Khoza family via the Orlando Pirates website
- Mme Matina, as she was affectionately known, suffered ill health for a couple of years
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The Orlando Pirates shared devastating news with their followers on Thursday. According to the Bucs, the wife of Dr. Irvin Khoza, the chairman of the Pirates, has passed away.
Mme Matina Elsie Khoza died at the age of 69 after battling with ill health for the past several years.
Mme Matina, as she was affectionately known, leaves behind her husband and children, Sonono, Nkosana and Mpumi Khoza.
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The Pirates wrote on their official website that Matina passed away on Thursday morning at 09:11.
The Bucs added:
"The Khoza Family pleads with the public to help us observe restrictions imposed on the nation by the Covid-19 pandemic. There will, as a result, be no visitations and prayer services held at home."
News of her death broke soccer fans' hearts and they sent their condolences to the Khoza family.
Social media user, @bafana______, commented:
"Condolences to Dr. Irvin Khoza and his family. May she rest in peace."
Twitter user, @SAPCA_, wrote:
"Strength and support to Dr Irvin Khoza and Family on death of his death wife Matina Elsie Khoza and pillar of the Buccaneers Family. It's upon us to support each other in pains and mourning."
Over the past couple of weeks, South Africa has lost several influential people. Briefly.co.za reported on Wednesday, the Presidency confirmed the devastating news of Andrew Mlangeni's death.
The struggle icon passed at the age of 95 after being admitted to the 1 Military Hospital in Thaba Tshwane, Pretoria, on Tuesday.
Taking to social media, the Presidency announced the heartbreaking news:
"President Cyril Ramaphosa has learnt with deep sadness of the passing away overnight of the last remaining Rivonia Trialist and Isithwalandwe Seaparankwe, Andrew Mekete Mlangeni."
His death followed that of Zindzi Mandela - who passed away suddenly at the age of 59. The daughter of struggle veterans Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela had served as an SA ambassador to Denmark.
Zindzi leaves behind four children and her husband. Zindzi was a political activist and helped fight the oppressive apartheid regime.
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