Avatar photo

By Katlego Modiba

Football Journalist

Sundowns remember slain DJ Peter ‘Mashata’ Mabuse

'We lost a brother because we were close with him. He helped us a lot as players,' said Sundowns captain Themba Zwane.

As tributes continue to pour in for slain Pretoria DJ, MC and comedian Peter ‘Mashata’ Mabuse, the football community is also doing its bit to remember him.

The popular entertainer who also worked as a stadium announcer at Mamelodi Sundowns home games was shot and killed last Saturday while traveling from a gig in Soshanguve, north of Pretoria on Sunday.

Mabuse formed a strong bond with Sundowns players as a result of work at Loftus Versfeld. Club captain Themba Zwane and goalkeeper coach Kennedy Mweene also paid tribute to Mabuse.

“I’d like to offer my condolences to his family. We lost a brother because we were close with him. He helped us a lot as players,” Zwane said.

“He always motivated us and gave us energy. He was a good person and was always happy. He would push us and always made us believe we were the best. May his soul rest in peace.”

Mweene also shared a few words on Mabuse’s character. He described him as a humble and funny person that lifted their spirits during difficult moments.

‘It’s a big loss for us and his family’

“I want to pass my condolences to Peter, his family and the yellow nation. I think from the time we knew when he was coming to our games as an MC he became part of our family,” he added.

“Before the game, he would make jokes with everyone and players were fond of him. It’s a big loss for us and his family. He was such a humble guy and wherever he was, he was always making jokes.

“At the stadium he would make supporters sing loudly. When the team was under pressure, he would turn around and tell supporters to start singing for us. He was always clean. He was such a good person and we will miss him. Once again, I’d like to offer my condolences to the family because we are with you in these trying moments.”

Masandwana play Sekhukhune United at Loftus on Tuesday in a DStv Premiership match and Mabuse would have been on duty had it not been for his senseless murder that has shocked South Africa.