It is true Lundi Tyamara’s funeral has come and gone but the funeral was glaringly marred by some mild scuffles between the family of the deceased and some guests invited to the funeral.
Apart from reports that Tyamara’s sister Babalwa was allegedly embroiled in a cat fight with a mysterious woman in the artist’s life over his bank card, another report said the National Chairperson of the EFF Dali Mpofu was barred from speaking at the event.
The EFF national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi recently confirmed that Mpofu was humiliated when he was ordered not to step to the podium to speak about the gospel singer.
Ndlozi said Mpofu flew from Johannesburg to the funeral centre after he was nominated by the party to speak on its behalf but was prohibited from speaking at the occasion by people who wanted to politicize Lundi’s funeral.
He explained that he wasn’t surprised that Mpofu was ill-treated because the ruling party has never liked Lundi’s association and support for the EFF party.
“We were shocked to learn he was not allowed to speak at the funeral by people who wanted to politicize his funeral. These people phoned us on Saturday and asked us to come and speak at the funeral, so we sent the national chairman there and they ill-treated him. We all know how Lundi was ill-treated by the ruling party and government by associating himself with us”.
Ndlozi explained that the EFF had only wanted to deliver its words of condolences, not because Lundi was an EFF supporter but because he was a national asset.
Tyamara’s brother Siya confirmed Mpofu was prevented from paying his respects. He said the fighter was not stopped by the family but by the organising committee because he was not invited. He, however, refused to comment further.
weighing in, Tyamara’s manager Anele Hlazo confirmed Mpofu was muzzled from speaking at the funeral and apologised to Mpofu for being ill-treated.
He said: “EFF was the only organisation that booked Lundi when he was under my wing. Even when Lundi was in the hospital, EFF leader Julius Malema was the only one who offered to take him to a private hospital.
“Even when we were shooting his video, Malema took to social media and asked the public to support us. I was shocked when Mpofu was prevented from speaking whereas an ANC councillor, DA MEC and a national minister were allowed to speak. I fought for Mpofu to speak but I was defeated by other committee members. I feel like I failed the EFF and I sincerely apologise.”
Friends, family and fans of gospel star, Lundi Tyamara came out in their numbers to celebrate 38-year-old’s life days ago. His memorial service was held at the Grace Bible Church in Pimville, Soweto on Sunday 5 February 2017.
The who’s who of the gospel industry in attendance were legends like Rebecca Malope and Deborah Fraser, Dumi Mkokstad‚ the Jaziel Brothers‚ Bathabile Mcinga and Veliswa Skeyi.
Lundi’s long time friend and mentor Malope‚ gave a touching tribute which left many in tears. She also rendered a song titled “Goodbye My Son”. Other gospel artists also kept the crowd singing and dancing‚ turning the funeral into something of a gospel concert.
Quick Facts About Lundi Tyamara
- Gospel star Lundi Tyamara was buried in his hometown, Worcester, Western Cape, Sunday 5 February 2017.
- His funeral service was held at Zweletemba Stadium.
- Memorial services were held in Soweto, Gauteng and Worcester, Western Cape.
- Tyamara was well known for his debut album hit “Mphefumlo Wam”.
- The 38-year-old gospel singer died in the early hours of Friday, January 27, 2017, at a Johannesburg hospital.