Izingane Zoma member, Xolile Rosemary Buthelezi would be laid to rest on Saturday in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal. Reliable sources said President Jacob Zuma will be present during the funeral.
The decomposing body of the 37-year-old, who hails from Nkandla in northern KwaZulu-Natal, was discovered by her fiance in her flat in Doornfontein, Johannesburg three days after her death.
KwaZulu-Natal legislature deputy speaker Meshack Radebe confirmed that South Africa’s number one citizen will be a special guest cum chief speaker at the funeral.
Buthelezi’s taxi boss fiance, S’bongiseni Hlatshwayo (38) told Daily Sun he found a 1litre container, with a label saying battery acid, next to her body.
“I don’t know what made her do this. We had an argument, but we sorted it out. We were happy and loved each other. I was living with her until three weeks ago, when I went to stay with my uncle. This was after I was almost shot by unknown people. I went into hiding because I suspected the incident was related to taxi violence,” he wailed.
Izingane Zoma Members Mourn Buthelezi
Buthelezi’s partner, Khuzwayo, described her as one of the group’s most talented singers. “We still cannot believe that Xoli is gone. She will be missed by members and fans because she had a huge following,” she said.
A band-mate Tholakele Ngobese, remarked: “It still sounds like a dream. A few years ago, we buried my sister who was a member of the group. Now, Xoli is also gone.”
Buthelezi was the daughter of maskandi music legend Mzikayifani Buthelezi. She kicked off her career with Intombi Ehloniphayo and the duo released popular albums such as Ulinika Indoda, Uyaphendula, Umkhaba, Uzenzimpongo and Kazi Ngadlani.
She joined Izingane Zoma to become part of the trio that included Tholakele Ngobese and Thandoluni Phungula in 2008.
Izingane Zoma are a Maskanda group from Nquthu, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Their songs, which are politically inspired have attracted wide discussion and tremendous success in their home country.
The vocal trio have enjoyed a string of gold and platinum-level record sales in the South African market. The group were SATMA nominees in 2011, in the category of Best Video.
Their songs won the best-selling songs in the following years:
Msholozi – 2006
Mzilikaze kaMashobane – June 2011
Obama (album) – September 2011
uMalema – November 2011
The trio’s live band includes drums, bass guitar, guitar, concertina, plus of course the vocals and dancers.