MEDIA STATEMENT: KZN COGTA MEC HLOMUKA SENDS CONDOLENCES TO THE SHABALALA FAMILY FOLLOWING THE PASSING OF DR JOSEPH SHABALALA
11 February 2020
KZN MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Sipho Hlomuka has joined fellow South Africans and the global community in sending condolences to the family of Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder, Dr Joseph Shabalala, who passed away this morning.
Shabalala who hailed from Ladysmith was a world-renowned composer, singer and founder of one of the biggest music groups to ever come out of Africa, having led the group to five Grammy awards.
“As a resident of Ladysmith, I am heartbroken by the news we received this morning of the passing of Dr Shabalala. His life has left an indelible mark in our country and across the world. Through his music, he became a symbol of world peace, tolerance and social cohesion. He also proved that it is possible for those of us who hail from the deepest of rural areas to become global icons through utilising our talents. Through his music he broke boundaries and crossed many divides. It is heartbreaking that on this day when we commemorate 30 years since the release of Madiba, we lose such an icon,” said Hlomuka.
For more information contact: KZN Cogta spokespersons: Ms Nonala Ndlovu, 066 282 6903; or Mr Senzelwe Mzila, 082 474 1882