Family, friends and mourners have gathered at Mbombela Stadium to pay their last respects to music legend Ray Phiri, who died a week ago.
Phiri had lung cancer and died at a Nelspruit hospital.
Phiri’s mother was only told of his passing on Friday by social workers and psychologists concerned about her frail state.
Family spokesperson Paul Nkanyane said this week that relatives had wanted to keep his illness private and stopped a crowdfunding initiative to assist with hospital bills.
“He had been battling for a while, and his family were told that it wouldn’t be that long. He died surrounded by friends and family and looked peaceful as he passed,” he told Tshisa LIVE.