South Africa’s ruling party mourns the passing of Kwaito music legend, Mduduzi Tshabalala saying it marked the end of an era in the Kwaito genre.
Mandoza died at the age of 38 following a struggle with cancer which spread to his eyes and rendered him blind.
The Kwaito music legend died in the arms of his wife Mpho Tshabalala, at the Charlotte Maxeke hospital. She was striving to get help for him following the complications of his health.
BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that plans were being made for Mandoza to begin chemotherapy. Confirming this, ANC related that it’s sad he died before the treatment could commence.
Speaking for the African National Congress (ANC), Zizi Kodwa wailed that Mzansi has lost a legend and a unifying figure.
“It is indeed sad for all of us in the ANC and no doubt to South Africans at large. We have lost a legend, someone who was a unifying figure because his music was enjoyed by young and old across all races,” Kodwa remarked.
Kodwa on behalf of the ANC, sent heartfelt condolences to the Tshabalala family. Afterwards, he charged the Arts community to preserve Mandoza’s legacy.
To the ANC, Mduduzi Tshabalala was a music legend who contributed to the development of the nation’s common heritage.
“Mandoza’s passing marked an end of an era in the Kwaito genre characterized by its rough guy image that was uniquely South African with Mandoza as one of its respected Commanders In Chief.
“iSgelekeqe, uGodoba owadla idollar, Uzoyithola kanjani uhleli ekhoneni, was how we saluted beloved Mandoza. He’s no more but his distinctly hoarse voice will continue to reverberate through the airwaves because legends like Mandoza do not die, all they do is take a bow and rest for a while.
May your soul rest in eternal peace Nkalakatha!” stated the ruling party.