Just hours after news of Mandoza’s death rocked the nation his manager Kevin Ntaopane and his son Tokollo Tshabalala opened up about the kwaito star’s final moments.
Speaking during a live interview on SABC News on Sunday‚ an emotional Kevin broke down in tears as he remembered Mandoza’s final days with him.
The kwaito legend bravely took to the stage last weekend to perform at the Thank You SABC Concert despite doctor’s orders.
“He was sick and was under doctor’s orders but he said I’m going to perform and prove to the people that I’m not dead. I’ll die on the stage‚ I’ll die singing‚ I was born to do this. And no sickness is going to stop Mandoza. As he died in my arms this morning‚” Kevin said.
Mandoza’s son Tokollo fought back tears as he spoke about his father.
“I think I’m just happy that my dad died a proud man because he had everything he wanted in life. Every time he’d tell me that he never got a chance to spend time with his dad‚ so all he ever wanted was to raise his children‚” Tokollo said.
Tokollo added that Mandoza told him to be strong.
“When I’m gone one day I need you to be strong‚” my father always told me.
Meanwhile the streets outside Mandoza’s home in Pimville‚ Soweto were lined with cars on Sunday afternoon as friends‚ family and neighbours gathered to pay their respects to the late kwaito star’s family.
The mood among people who gathered outside the home that Mandoza shared with his wife and children was sombre‚ as most people expressed shock over the news.
Speaking to TMG Entertainment outside the home on Sunday evening one of Mandoza’s neighbours known as ‘Gogo’ explained that the house was currently being cleared for his widow‚ Mpho‚ to start the mourning process.
“I didn’t go inside the house because they are busy clearing a room in the house so that Mpho can start the mourning‚” she said.
Gogo explained that one room in the house had to be cleared out so that whoever came to pay respects to his family could go sit with Mpho in that room.
Gogo went on to say that Mandoza was such a “wonderful child” and was “always respectful.”
One of Mpho’s friends revealed that she was just with her yesterday to celebrate Mpho’s birthday.
“I am in shock because we were just together yesterday because it was Mpho’s birthday. We were just sitting on the grass yesterday and we were telling her that he will pull through. He was a fighter. Mpho loved her husband so much and she supported him.”
The Nkalakatha hitmaker died on Sunday after losing his battle with cancer. It was confirmed by his family last week that Mandoza who had first been diagnosed with cancer in May 2015 had been suffering with the disease again‚ after a tumour was detected in his brain.