Athlone's iconic "Mr Wembley" dies at 72

Founder of the the Wembley Group of Companies, Haji Abdullah Gangraker, more fondly known as Mr Wembley, passed away on Sunday at the age of 72.

Pippa Hudson spoke to the Gangraker family spokesman and chairman of the Trust Board at Gatesville Mosque, Sataar Parker.

According to Parker, Gangraker inherited a small shop from his father in 1951, which he grew to a business empire that now employs about 500 people.

Mr Gangraker is also one of the founders of Cape Town’s biggest mosque, the Masjidul Quds, or Gatesville Mosque. Parker says he remained involved in the running of the mosque up until he fell sick three weeks ago.

Parker served at the mosque with Mr Gangraker for 25 years, since it was built.

When he lost a little bit of his speech he would give us his request in writing

Sataar Parker, Family spokesperson

Parker says that the land on which the mosque was built on was donated by Gangraker.

Gangraker leaves his wife and business partner Fatima Gangraker, five married daughters and a son, who will be taking over the Wembley business.

Listen to the full conversation below:


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