Jazz legend and Nelson Mandela’s favourite singer Thandi Klaasen will get a final farewell befitting a heroine which she was.
The musician who died on Sunday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer received a lot of tributes from fans, celebrities and high-profile personalities including the government.
Taking to Twitter on Sunday morning, Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa confirmed that Jazz legend Thandi Klaasen has died at the age of 86.
“We are saddened to learn that Jazz Legend Thandi Klaasen has passed on. Our thoughts are with her daughter Lorraine, her loved ones, & fans,” Mthethwa wrote on Twitter.
He went on to write a heart-touching tribute to the fallen star who touched the lives of many with her music.
“uMama Thandi Klaasen will be remembered for her indomitable spirit, who succeeded against all odds and her silky smooth voice which serenaded audiences the world over. How much richer we are having heard her sing.”
While we look forward to her funeral, other personalities have since paid tribute to the icon.
Speaking to SABC News on Monday, Mthethwa said that government would ensure that Klaasen is given a dignified farewell. They will be working with the family to arrange a befitting farewell for her.
“At this point we are taking cue from the family with the preparations but as government we will working very closely with the family, supporting the family to ensure that the people’s hero is laid to rest in a dignified way because this was a dignified human being,” said Mthethwa.
Though the details are not all in, but SABC has announced that a memorial service to honour Klaasen will take place next Wednesday. This will be followed by a funeral service on Friday. However, time and particular venues for the services are yet to be confirmed by the family.