Tribute to Tokase Mphutlane

Tribute to Tokase Mphutlane

Abel Chapatarongo

Maseru – How do you tell a husband that his wife, who had only left home early that morning, is no more? How do you inform a father that his daughter is gone, gone forever and that he would never see her alive again.What do you say to console them?That was my challenge – breaking the sad news to the family following a horrendous road accident last Wednesday.

A young, affable reporter, Tokase Mphutlane, 27, joined thepost as a cadet reporter some time in 2016. She was a graduate of Limkokwing University in Maseru. Mphutlane died while on her way to cover a story for the United Nations Development Fund (UNDP) in Quthing. A week after, it still feels surreal that she is gone, her life snuffed out by that eternal enemy, death, at a very tender age.

The emptiness, the pain, the raw anguish have not only been unbearable for the Mphutlane and Mahula families. We too share their pain and sadness. We too are family, united in grief. The tears simply flowed. The blow remains just too much to bear. The grief is unbearable. What do I say to console her colleagues who sat with her in the newsroom, week in, week out as they punched their stories while chasing a deadline? In moments of anguish, we often find ourselves asking: Why? In our search for meaning, we often find ourselves gravitating towards the spiritual.

May we therefore find comfort in God’s promise of a “new world” where death, tears and pain will be a thing of the past. Perhaps, it is only fair that I quote what one respected newspaper, The Economist, says are some of the most beautiful words you will ever read in the Bible: “He will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4

Nkheli Liphoto

I knew Tokase Mphutlane when we were students at Limkokwing University. She was a beautiful woman with a toothy smile. Our paths crossed again when we met at thepost in June 2017 when she joined the newspaper a week after me. It was both an honour and privilege to have known her. Now we miss her golden, musical voice. She will always be in our memories.

Refiloe Mpobole

My first impression of Dorcas was that here was a very humble, down to earth woman who was willing to go out of her way to help others. Even though I had just joined thepost, she was there ready to help me find my feet. Full of life and gifted with a wicked sense of humour, Tokase was a pleasure to work with.

’Mapule Motsopa

A special person who always found a way to cope under pressure. That is how I will always remember Tokase. She was a woman with a vivacious personality. It is no surprise that her enthusiasm and love of life rubbed on all who met her.

’Makhotso Rakotsoane

She always stood ready to help her colleagues at work. Tokase was a complete team-player. When I needed contact numbers for a source, she was always there to help.

Molise Molise

Gifted with a beautiful voice, Tokase was always calm and composed. I will always the crazy moments when we teased each other like siblings. She was a key member of the Serumula Performing Arts and Academy. And every time a new choral song was out, I would call her and we would listen to it. I will miss those moments. I was looking forward to you and I attending this year’s Lesotho Youth Catholic Movement church conference.

Lemohang Rakotsoane

Tokase was a very gentle soul with a radiant smile. Always open to learning new things, Tokase made one feel welcomed in her presence. You left us too soon but you will never be forgotten. I will always be grateful for the time we shared and hold tightly the memories we created. I will also cherish the beautiful moments we shared over the past two years. I guess grief is indeed the final act of love, Robala ka Khotso Mokhatla.

Tlalane Phahla

We shall miss her beautiful smile as she never stopped smiling. We are hurt but will always remember the good times that we shared.

Thooe Ramolibeli

Tokase was young, talented and beautiful. She was full of love and loved life. Apart from journalism, music was her second love. Each day after work, she would dash for music practice sessions. All she wanted was to be there for her family and raise her young son. All she wanted was to be a good mother.

Itumeleng Khoete

She was a sweet, humble soul. She was full of big dreams. She was snatched away from us too soon. She was among the first to welcome me at thepost with a happy heart. She would smile when we met. When it came to her work, she was totally committed, so focused that she would not entertain anyone until she delivered her stories to the News Editor. She will always be remembered at thepost.

Majara Molupe

Tokase was always at peace with her colleagues at work. Always respectful and committed to her work. We shall miss her soft-spoken voice and her commitment to strive for perfection in in her assignments. She was a self-driven individual who submitted her assignments on time. The giant baobab tree has fallen.

Rose Moremoholo

Albert Einstein said, “The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive.” Tokase was a woman who gave her life to serve with all diligence. She gave much to her work. We will not just mourn her death but appreciate the fact she lived to change many lives. Hers was a life that demanded to be noticed, a life that burned so that others’ path could be lit.

Caswell Tlali

 We have lost a dedicated worker. The newsroom has lost a sister and I have lost a daughter if you know what a daughter means. I can’t say more.

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