Sipho Mabena
Premium Journalist
4 minute read
22 May 2021
5:00 am

Hotel with a ‘Blaq’ story to tell

Sipho Mabena

It never occurred to Duduzile Shabangu that she would come to own one of the oldest establishments in the country – The Moolman Hotel.

Duduzile ‘Blaq’ Shabangu at her tavern in the small town known as Moolman near Mkhondo, Mpumalanga, on 18 April 2021. Picture: Jacques Nelles

Seemingly stuck in the gory past of apartheid, Piet Retief in Mpumalanga, where almost everything is determined along racial lines, is arguably a scary and depressing place, particularly for a stranger. But when one delves deeper into the lives of the mostly farming community, one gets to understand that the recent developments were part of a bigger anger behind a festering problem. The town, on the border of SA and Eswatini, recently shot to notoriety when the two Coka brothers, Zenzele and Mgcini, were shot and killed on Pampoenkraal Farm, outside Piet Retief. According to the Workers and Labour Tenants...