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Premier Ntombela Describes Dr Maphalla’s Death As A Provincial Loss

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Picture: Premier Sefora Sisi Ntombela

By Thys Khiba

Bloemfontein – The premier of Free State, Sefora Ntombela says that the death of a well-known legendary Sesotho author, Dr. Kgotso Maphalla’s has robbed the province a gifted author.

“The Free State province has lost a truly gifted and inspirational man,” said premier Sefora Ntombela.

This is after it was official announced that Dr. Kgotso Pieter David Maphalla’s has passed away at the age of 66 due to suffering a stroke. According to the premier of the Free State province, Ntombela, the late Dr. Maphalla was a living testimony that the pen is powerful than the sword.

“Through his works, Dr. Maphalla sought to unite Africans especially during a very dark period in our country”.

The late Dr. Maphalla has published more than 70 Sesotho literature projects. Most of his books were prescribed to be used for schools and tertiary level institutions. For more than 40 years as a writer, Dr. Maphalla had a passion for writing poetry and short stories. As a creative artist, Dr. Maphalla has played a big role in the formation of Qwaqwa community radio station called QwaQwa radio.

He has been honoured for his outstanding work with several awards. In 2002, the University of Free State honoured him with an honorary doctorate in literature. In 1980, as a teacher by profession, Dr Maphalla won his considered first major literary prize in the Sesotho poetry competition organised by then Radio Bantu Sesotho Service, now Lesedi FM.

At the Time of publishing this article, the family of Dr. Maphalla could not announce the funeral arrangements.

Robala Ka Kgotso, Dr. Kgotso Pieter David “KPD” Maphalla.

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