Melaine Bala has written a heartfelt tribute to her colleague and friend Bob Mabena. She also comforted his wife Eucharist Mabena.
The duo worked together and had a friendship relationship like no other.
She decided to break her silence over his death and penned down a lengthy social media post. In the post, Bala reflected on his personality and how he was.
The post covered the radio personality starting from the first day they met until their last time.
She poured out her heart and all her emotions in the remembrance of her friend.
“Waking up in a world without Bob is surreal. In a conversation about a legacy project he was busy with, I told him: “You my friend, have LIVED!!” And live he did. Unapologetically so.
“As a young Black man from Atteridgeville, the limit did not exist for Bob. If he wanted it, he went for it. The prospect of failure be damned,” she wrote.
She also talked about the time they started as young people in the industry. Bala also reminisced on how both of them were there for one another despite the circumstances.
“Melanie spoke highly of her friend who consulted her when in need, calling him her TV husband.
“When an idea excited him, late night texts were not unusual, followed by a “Oh sh*t, sorry, I didn’t realize the time.
“We were just two kids from Pretoria, who were having the time of our lives – it just happened to be on the biggest TV music show in the country…my ‘TV Husband’ – I will miss you desperately.
“I ask everyone to lift up the people who gave him his greatest joy: his wife Eucharist and his children, and all his family and friends; with love + strength, during this unbearable time.
“Our friendship was written in the stars”, you said. Indeed it was. I’ll see you on the other side of the stars. Rest well, Bob,” Bala concluded.
Bob’s wife, Eucharist Mabena, also has expressed how her heartache and her disbelief that her husband has passed away.
A memorial service in Bob’s honor will be held today.