Xanet Scheepers

By Xanet Scheepers

Digital Lifestyle Editor


‘They’re finishing everyone of his close associates’: Shock reactions to news of Peter Mashata’s death

The DJ and comedian, who was a close friend of DJ Sumbody, was gunned down in the early hours of Sunday morning.


The South African entertainment industry is reeling from shock once again after yet another DJ has been gunned down. Pretoria-based DJ and comedian Peter Mashata and an unknown passenger were driving near TUT (Tshwane University of Technology) in Soshanguve when shots were fired at their vehicle.

Pretoria Rekord reported that Mashata was transported to a nearby medical facility, but died at Akasia Hospital.

Gauteng police spokesperson Colonel Noxolo Kweza told media on Sunday that the shooting involved two men aged 46 and 45 years, and that Tshwane police have opened dockets for murder and attempted murder.  

Gugulethu Ngobeni, a close relative confirmed Mashata’s death in a statement on Sunday morning, asking for privacy while the family come to terms with the traumatic news.

“It is with great sadness and sorrow that we inform you of the untimely passing of our beloved son, uncle, brother and colleague, Mr Peter “Mashata” Mabuse.

“The family is appreciative of the messages of support and condolences that have started to flow in and humbly request that they be given the space and time to deal with the trauma.”

The statement said that a family representative will share news on both the memorial and funeral service during the course of the week.

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Peter Mashata and DJ Sumbody

Musician Oupa John Sefoka known as ‘DJ Sumbody’ was also killed in a hail of bullets in November 2022 in Woodmead, Johannesburg, on his way home after a gig. Mashata was the MC at his memorial service held at the Lewende Woord Church in Centurion, Gauteng on 23 November 2022.

In January this year, another of DJ Sumbody’s close friends, DJ Vetty was also shot. The shooting occurred at Top Notch Lifestyle, formally known as Ayepyep Sunnyside. This is the same venue that was owned by DJ Sumbody. DJ Vetty luckily survived the shooting.

Social media reacts to the murder of Peter Mashata

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