Kaunda Selisho

By Kaunda Selisho


WATCH: ‘Mampintsha’s mother is always late’ – fans react to matriarch’s pattern

Watch as Big Nuz's Mandla ‘Mampintsha’ Maphumulo is laid to rest in a funeral sponsored in part by the eThekwini Metro Municipality.

Musician Mandla ‘Mampintsha’ Maphumulo is being laid to rest at a funeral service currently underway at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban.

Friends and family are in attendance to lay the muso to rest in a funeral that family says will be a celebration of his life.  

Earlier this week, the KwaZulu-Natal government announced that it would be assisting with the burial of Mampintsha.

The Witness reports that the office of the premier on Wednesday announced that it will, together with the eThekwini Metro Municipality, provide material support to the family of the musician.

Watch Mampintsha’s funeral service below:

According to City Press his sister Khethiwe Khubeka encouraged his fans to show up to the funeral dressed in their Sunday best, topped off with sunglasses in order to honour his memory. 

His wife, Babes Wodumo Bongekile Simelane, wore an all-white outfit complete with a mesh fascinator covering her face. She kept their infant son, a boy nicknamed sponge, on her lap during the service. He wore an all-white suit. 

‘Mampintsha’s mother is always late’

Fans also noted that his mother seemed to have a pattern of arriving late to important events, recalling her late arrival at his wedding and his memorial service.

She made a slow entrance into the hall where Friday’s funeral was taking place, walking slowly while flanked by her family as his father spoke on the podium.

Fans who were watching the funeral proceedings dubbed her entrance “dramatic.”

Mampintsha’s passing

The artist suffered a minor stroke a week ago and died, aged 40, the following day on Christmas Eve. News of Mampintsha’s death was confirmed by fellow musician and record label boss, DJ Tira. 

Fans of the late kwaito star came out in their numbers to attend his memorial service at the eThekwini Community Church in Durban on Thursday. 

Mampintsha’s memorial service was open to the public in an effort to give everyone a chance to pay their respects.

Among the speakers at the memorial service were Mampintsha’s father Thembinkosi Maphumulo and his father-in-law Mbongeni Simelane. 

WATCH: Mourners at Mampintsha’s memorial count down to the New Year

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