Chief Malaba laid to rest as hundreds gather to pay their last respects


In a solemn ceremony, the Matabeleland South community bid farewell to one of its most revered traditional leaders, Chief Malaba, who was laid to rest at his rural home in Matobo. The respected chief, known for his wisdom and dedication to unity, passed away on June 8th at the age of 86.

Hundreds gathered to pay their final respects to the long-serving chief, with speakers describing him as a “fountain of wisdom” who had a profound impact on his people. Chief Malaba’s son, Henry Malaba, highlighted his father’s straightforward and principled approach, stating, “We are who we are because of our father.”

As the deputy president of the Chiefs Council, Chief Fortune Charumbira, noted, Chief Malaba “wanted nothing but unity among the Zimbabwean people” and preached this message even during his time in leadership. The President of the Chiefs Council, Chief Mtshane Khumalo, urged the Malaba community to honour his legacy by remaining united and following the established chieftainship traditions.

Chief Malaba’s impact extended beyond his local community, as evidenced by the presence of distinguished guests at the funeral, including Chief Justice Luke Malaba, Chief Tshitaudze of Beitbridge, Chiefs Masendu and Mpini of Bulilima as well as Chiefs Nyangazonke and Fuyane of Matobo.

Born in 1938 in Malaba village, Chief Malaba was installed as the traditional leader in 1988, following the passing of his father, Ntelela Malaba, in 1986. He is survived by his wife, Dorrah Mhlanga, and five children, leaving behind a lasting legacy as a respected and influential figure in Matabeleland South.

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