Lunga Biyela
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26 May 2012
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Century: ‘spiritual and strict’

Lunga Biyela

Simon Menzi Sithole from Edendale turns 100 years old today. Sithole — widowed since 1991 — has lived his entire life in Pietemaritzburg.

Simon Menzi Sithole from Edendale turns 100 years old today. Sithole — widowed since 1991 — has lived his entire life in Pietemaritzburg. He had 10 children — six of whom are still alive — 23 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren. ‘I’m happy to have reached 100. I am still fine. It is just my body that is beginning to fail me because of my age,’ he told ‘Weekend Witness’. His grandchildren, Fikile and Mathuli Sithole, described the former bricklayer as a strict and spiritual man who has been involved in the Holiness Union Church for over 80 years.