Musician, poet, actor, TV and radio presenter Bonginkosi ‘Zola7’ Dlamini has been trending after videos and images of him looking frail surfaced.
The video sparked outrage among people who believed it was wrong to post a photograph of him in that state. This prompted people to ask for donations for the star to aid in medical assistance or anything he might need.
Dlamini’s personal assistant, Siki Kunene, said the musician is fine and does not need financial assistance.
“The truth is Bonginkosi is fine. He has got epilepsy. He is taking chronic medication for it,” said Kunene.
Stanley Khoza, a source close to Dlamini said the images and videos that have surfaced are old images of when the star was seriously sick.
Meanwhile, activist Tumi Sole of the Country Duty initiative stepped in and vowed to get in contact with Dlamini to help where necessary.
Sole managed to track down Dlamini and said he would contact the star to find out what was going on and what assistance was needed.
The activist has hopes of even trying to get one of Dlamini’s TV shows back on the screens.
The veteran actor was dubbed ‘Godsent angel’ following his shows that helped individuals better their lives and communities grow.
‘Zola7’ is one of the shows that helped young individuals realise their dreams.
‘Utatakho’ helped participants find or reconnect with their biological fathers. Dlamini would accompany the participants, along with a professional counsellor.
‘Hope with Zola’ was one of his last television shows, where he focused on the alleviation of social problems like youth unemployment, housing shortages or insufficient community libraries.