Fans of late kwaito star Oupa Makhendlas Mafokate alongside musician Arthur Mafokate paid tribute to the fallen legend on the 18th anniversary of his death.
It’s exactly 18 years since the kwaiti legend died by committing suicide. Thus, his older brother‚ Arthur took to Instagram to remember him.
“On this day 31st October a few years ago‚ we lost a humble brother who had just released a national anthem titled#IminwePhezulu. #LongLiveMakhendlas#Iminwe #Emenwe‚” he wrote.
In the comments section, TV personality Penny Lebyane said that Makhendlas “left us too soon.” Also, actor Tony Kgoroge simply added; “respect“.
The kwaito community lost a rare gem when on the last day of October, 1998, Makhendlas Mafokate decided to take his own life.
Makhendlas was so upset by an unexpected turnout of events when he shot and wounded an abusive concert goer at a stadium near Nelspruit, about 185 miles East of Johannesburg. The shooting is typical of what happens during most kwaito concerts bedeviled by light security and violence.
According to the musician’s manager at the time, Mpho Makhetha, three or four drunken men slipped through security backstage before the concert and started harassing the musicians. When Mafokate intervened, the men focused on him, swearing.
When Mafokate couldn’t take it anymore, he pulled a gun to the surprise of everyone and fired a warning shot. Unfortunately, one of the men was accidentally caught in the crossfire.
“I guess Oupa thought at the time he had killed the guy. That’s why he did what he did,” the manager said. He was doing so well career-wise. He was the father of a 4-month-old boy,” Mpho said.
Prior to his death, Makhendlas was undoubtedly one of the most sought-after kwaito artists in the entire South African music industry.