She was a humble and charismatic servant of the media and the disability community in South Africa. Julia Moloi had all the characteristics of a leader, characteristics which she displayed everywhere she went and with everyone she worked with.
Now that she is gone, she left an unmistakable and unforgettable legacy – being a disabled person does not make you unable to be fully active and participate in the process of (re)building your life and be part of nation building.
Moloi died after a short illness in the early hours of Friday15 February 2013.
That was the main reason why she founded We Are Capable magazine, she wanted to intensify the struggle against discrimination on the grounds of disability.
She was my boss for about two years in the early 2000 in Braamfontein, in the offices of We are Capable magazine, where I wrote and proof-read articles and discussed future strategies with her. I got paid almost nothing because I also wanted to be part of her struggle, as I believed in her and her ideals.
This is my personal tribute to her. Gone but not forgotten!
Moloi, a journalist, philanthropist, humanist, activist and a mother, was awarded the Shoprite Checkers Woman of the Year accolade in 2005.
Her funeral service will take place Saturday 23 February at her home in Germiston area-Klipportjie opposite Buhle Park (East Rand) at 8am.
*Photo: Gallo Images. Julia Moloi, right, with former South African minister of arts and culture Pallo Jordan.