Godelieve Ngwanamolepo Sexwale
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Godelieve Ngwanamolepo Sexwale

funeral SERVICE


Godelieve Ngwanamolepo was born on the 5th of April in 1926 to Kgololo and Nkepile Sekele. She attended school in Doornspruit in Pietersburg, now known as Polokwane in Limpopo province. She was taught by nuns and in her latter years she would fondly reminisce about them and their generosity.


She grew up in GaMapangola village in GaMashashane where she met Frank Makhura Sexwale. They were united in holy matrimony in 1945 following him qualifying as a teacher. The couple was blessed with six children: Mathabatha, Lesetja, Mosima, Magirly, Johnny and Mashadi.


In 1949 they moved to Soweto and settled in Mzimhlophe where they lived with their relatives. They later settled in Dube Village in 1954 where they lived for the rest of their lives.


Their first two children were born in Limpopo, and the rest in Johannesburg following their relocation.


Fondly referred to as Aunty by her children, neighbours and friends, she was a pillar in the community and was a staunch and committed Catholic who was a member of St Anne’s Soldality for over 60 years. The name Aunty came about in Mzimhlophe when her children referred to her in the same way as their cousins did.


She became a grandmother for the first time in 1972 and thus began her being referred to as Koko by many.


After her last-born started school in 1966 Aunty worked as a domestic worker for a brief period until experiencing gross racism by her employer. After quitting on the spot she was offered alternative employment by her employer’s husband at Campaign Media in Hillbrow where she worked as a tea lady until 1986 when she retired.


Following the 1976 Soweto uprising, five of her six children joined the liberation movement as freedom fighters of Umkhonto We Sizwe, the military wing of the ANC. As family members of liberation fighters Koko and her husband were regularly harassed by the Special Branch. In 1983 they were detained along with their daughter Mashadi at Protea and Moroka police stations.


In 1981 Koko’s son Lesetja was brutally murdered by the boers in combat in Escort in the Eastern Cape and overcome with grief, she was never the same after that.


Aunty was an extremely proud and immaculate woman who kept a squeaky clean house and loved to crochet. With an extremely sweet tooth, she beamed with joy when her children and grandchildren brought her treats.


An active community member and friend to many of her neighbours, Koko was part of a social club in Dube where she socialised with friends and partook in their recreational and exercise programs.


A courageous woman, in the last decade of her life Koko would complain of various ailments but kept a brave face as she was admitted to hospital on several occasions. Although we mourn her loss, we are comforted by the end to her suffering, and rejoice at her being reunited with her life partner, her siblings and parents.


Aunty was admitted at SK Matseke Hospital in Soweto and passed on a few days later on the 29th of January 2022. She will be sorely missed by her family.


Koko is survived by 5 of her children, 18 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. She will be laid to rest together with her beloved husband near her son Lesetja at the Heroes Acre at Avalon Cemetery.


Robala ka khutšo Leso Mallela Go Tuma Go Busha Re Sa Go Lllele. Mogoasha!




  • Gail
    Posted at 12:31h, 03 February Reply

    Condolences to Mathabatha and Chardia and Ragina as well as the extended Sexwale family.May God be with you

  • Kagiso Segoale
    Posted at 19:52h, 03 February Reply

    Robala ka Khutšo Mmakgolo from Kagiso Abram Segoale. Setlogolo sa Bolora 🙏💔😥

  • Nthabiseng Mphirime
    Posted at 06:26h, 04 February Reply

    Our sincere sympathies to you Mashadi and your family

    May your many memories of her help to sustain you at this most difficult time.

    Robala ka kgotso

  • Lerato Pitso
    Posted at 07:24h, 04 February Reply

    Robala ka khotso Aunty. Matšeliso a tsoang botebong ba lipelo tsa rona ho bohle-bohle ba lahlehetsoeng ke palesa eo ea Sexwale. Rest in power Aunty.

  • Moatswi Sekonopo
    Posted at 10:15h, 04 February Reply

    May the Good lord comfort the Sexwale family during these trying times. My deepest condolences to the Sexwale family. A mother’s love is always with her children. Losing a mother is one of the deepest sorrows a heart can know. Gomotsegang boora Sexwale

  • Alfreda Mouton
    Posted at 11:42h, 04 February Reply

    May God strengthen you during this difficult time. Know that the Family of Mamma Sexwale will be in my thoughts and prayers

  • Phola Mabizela Mabaso
    Posted at 04:39h, 05 February Reply

    Dearest Matso, Kay, and your entire extended family. Our very deepest, loving condolences. May your beloved grandmother rest in eternal peace. Ninety six years, what amazing grace 💞
    With love and respect,

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