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South Africa mourns gospel star Vuyo

LONELY FIGHT: Vuyo battling for his life in a Johannesburg hospital in a picture taken a week before his death on Friday
LONELY FIGHT: Vuyo bravely battling for his life in a Johannesburg hospital. This picture was taken a week before his death on Friday


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By Showbiz Reporter

SOUTH African music fans were plunged into mourning on Friday following the death of gospel superstar, Vuyo Mokoena.

Fellow musicians and politicians led the tributes for the award-winning star who lost his battle with leukaemia and a recently discovered brain tumor.

Close friend and fellow musician, Mzwakhe Mbuli, said he was “saddened” by Mokoena’s death – a week after he secured a sponsor to pick up his medical bill said to run into millions of rands.

Mbuli said: “I'm deeply saddened. I'm devastated because we had actually made a breakthrough. I facilitated a story last week and now a company came forward to assist and pay his medical bills...”

The star – who leaves behind his wife Tebogo and four children – will be buried on Saturday next week, his family said.

Inkatha Freedom Party national chairwoman, Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi, expressed sadness at Mokoena’s death.

"Today I am truly sad,” she said. “Vuyo was like a brother to me. He was fantastic person. He was a great entertainer. He was an unashamed member and friend of the IFP. He will be truly missed."

She said Mokoena’s family could be proud in the knowledge that he had lived out his calling.

"His Christian faith was the foundation of all he did. He was a great inspiration to all of us in the IFP."

FULL OF LIFE: Vuyo Mokoena who died in Johannesburg on Friday
FULL OF LIFE: Vuyo Mokoena who died in Johannesburg on Friday

Before making an impact in the late 90s, Mokoena – who rose to stardom with the hit Njalo - was known as gospel diva Rebecca Malope’s associate, until he decided to embark on a solo career.

He began his music career with an amateur Afro-pop group Melodi in Springs, on the East Rand. He then became a professional musician, joining the popular group Pure Magic in the 90s.

Gospel singer Sipho Makhabane, who had signed Mokoena to his Big Fish Music record company, said: "Before, it was blood cancer, leukaemia and after that they started treating the brain tumour, but unfortunately God is a God of time..."

VUYO MOKOENA: NJALO

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