According to several reports, government encroached on taxpayers money to fund Mandoza’s funeral with a whopping R185 000.
Despite the fact that the bereaved family insisted that they were not in need of charity, the government still lavished money on the ceremony.
In fact, Sunday world claims that the government ignored offers for some of the services to be provided for free. Apart from bankrolling the funeral, some of the services were paid for twice.
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This had local musicians seething about the cash injection which was authorised despite discouragement from Mandoza’s family. Moreover, they say government wasted money, especially considering that some of the services at Mandoza’s funeral were offered for free.
Responding to the chaos, government has said that there was nothing new with that kind of donation. The explanation was that it is not unusual to make contributions towards funeral costs. It’s not the first and certainly won’t be the last.
The kwaito legend passed away in September, surrounded by family and friends. This was barely two weeks after the singer put up a show for his excited fans during the Thank You SABC concert on September 10.
Little did they know it was his last show. Looking weak and frail, Mandoza was supported by family, friends, politicians and colleagues. His wife Mpho and a close friend were by his sides as kwaito legend Mandoza bravely took to the stage to perform.
The singer died following a lost battle with cancer which lingered for a few years. As many described him as a hero, it was only appropriate to bury him next to other heroes. Thus, he was laid to rest at Westpark Cemetery. His final resting place was next to other icons including – Gugu Zulu; Flabba; Simba Mhere; Baby Jake and Eddie Zondi.