A red and white fenced house on Albermarle Street, Kensignton forms part of a gateway to Beauty Moiteelaasilo’s house.
“I don’t have a lot friends in Kensington.I particularly moved to this area with my family to avoid conflict and be far away from inquisitive neighbors in the township.” says Beauty about the area she currently lives in.
Beauty is referring to nosey neighbors, noting your ins and outs. She feels as though people often have self entitlement over other peoples lives, espcially in the township, she says.
Moiteelaasilo was born in 1957 in Dube Soweto,Johannesburg.Her biological mother died when Beauty was only three months.She was then raised by her grandmother.Quiet and very reserved she treats everyone around her as equalsa beauty you cannot overlook upon meeting the 60 year old.
“Ulona is my daughters first born, she is here because its school holidays currently” pointing out to little Oratile who is pushing her toy pieces on the kitchen floor.
Ma’Beauty and her late husband, Charles Moiteelaasilo, have 3 children two daughters and a son.The couple met in their early twenties and have been married for the past 38 years.
“My husband passed on last year, he had diabetes. During his last days I wanted to bring him home,Kensignton, so that he could pass in the comfort of our house. But I realized how much trauma that would bring me and decided against it.”
At the moment Beauty is a house wife in mourning having retired from a company called MS Repo.
As a Zulu woman, there's not much activities she can take part of during her time of mourning. However, Beauty says she finds joy in being a pillar for others and she does this with all her heart as she mourns her husband.
She spends her days reading the bible, taking care of her family and tendering to her church members every Sunday.On the 3rd of August she will be taking off the black clothing she currently wears to mourn the death of her husband. The ceremony will take place in the early hours of the morning at an open field which will be chosen by her son, on the day. She has been mourning for 8 months since last year.