A memorial service was held in Botshabelo last week in memory of local poet Rinah Makhetha, better known as Fancy Face, who passed away in the Botshabelo Hospital after a short illness.
During the well-attended memorial service young and old came together to celebrate Makhetha’s life through poetry and song. Makhetha, who was never scared to speak her mind, was described as a very passionate poet who healed broken spirits with her words and served as a motivation to the hopeless.
One of her colleagues, Tumelo Motlakwane, told Bloemfonteon Courant Makhetha saw something in him that he didn’t know he had, which was to make people laugh. “One day she sat me down and said to me: ‘Why don’t you pursue comedy? You’re good.’ So I took her advice. That showed me what a special person she was.
“She saw a talent in me that opened many doors for me in the months that followed. She would invite me to come long during her school poetry sessions. She will be missed by all of us,” said Motlakwane.
Another colleague, Lerato Nkhabu, said she met Makhetha while community radio station, Mosupatsela FM, was operating in Secton C2 in Botshabelo. “Rinah was responsible for voiceovers and poetry. She used her words to motivate every one of us. I was shocked by her death. She loved to sing so much.” – Lebakeng Nkabi