AFTER hours of waiting for an ambulance, Mandoza’s manager arrived and rushed him to hospital.
But it was too late. By the time they arrived at the hospital, Mandoza was no longer responding to their calls.
SLUMPED DOWN IN THE LOVING ARMS OF HIS MOTHER, HE HAD BREATHED HIS LAST BREATH.
Mandoza’s wife, Mpho, apparently made many phone calls for an ambulance when she realised that her husband was not well. But it never came.
Family spokesman Mzwakhe Tshabalala confirmed that an ambulance did not arrive and as a result they had to use personal transport to rush the kwaito star to hospital.
When Mandoza’s manager, Kevin Ntaopane arrived at the house in Pimville Zone 4, Soweto on Sunday afternoon they rushed him to Lesedi Hospital – but it was too late!
“My uncle was driving.
“Mandoza was lying across his mother and me,” said a tearful and emotional Kevin.
“Minutes before we arrived at the hospital, he was no longer responding to us. He died in our arms.”
Kevin said they had to put Mandoza’s mother in a wheelchair, as she was heartbroken.
“She was so shocked, my uncle had to take her home,” he said.
Kevin said Mandoza was more than just a friend or a business associate: “I took him as a brother.”
He said Mandoza was supposed to be performing in a tribute show on Saturday for Brown Dash, his colleague from the group Chiskop.
“But now it is time for Mandoza’s funeral,” said Kevin.
On Monday friends, family, politicians, neighbours and music fans flocked to the house.
Mandoza’s son, Sibusiso Tshaba-lala (16), said his dad was his best friend.
“He wanted me to be a soccer player and I always worked hard on the soccer field to be the best,” he said.
Sibusiso said he also rapped and wanted to be a music icon like his father.
Mandoza’s uncle, Mzwakhe, said Mandoza was a man who loved his family.
“He was always close to his mum, his wife and kids. It is a blow for us as a family,” he said.
Siphiwe “General” Sibisi, who started the Chiskop group with Mandoza, said the singer had united the country.
“People of all races loved him and danced to his music.
“We travelled to many African and overseas countries where they also danced to and loved his music,” he said.
Sama chairman Thobela Dlamini said Mandoza contributed hugely to the music industry.
The ANC’s Zizi Kodwa said: “We have lost a legend‚ someone who was a unifying figure.
“His music was enjoyed by young and old across all races.”
The kwaito legend bravely performed last weekend in the Thank You SABC Concert. His funeral will take place on Friday.