KZN calls on Ramaphosa to give Joseph Shabalala a state funeral

KZN calls on Ramaphosa to give Joseph Shabalala a state funeral

- The KZN MEC for arts and culture has called for a state funeral for late musician Joseph Shabalala

- Hlengiwe Mavimbela feels it is the least the government can do for Shabalala after his contribution to South African art and culture

- Shabalala was a celebrated artist on a global level and his career spanned over more than 50 years

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Hlengiwe Mavimbela, the KZN MEC for arts and culture, has called on the government and President Ramaphosa to organise a state funeral for Joseph Shabalala.

Shabalala, the founder of the ever-popular Ladysmith Black Mambazo group, passed away last week at the Life Eugene Marais Hospital in Tshwane.

He was 78 years old and succumbed to a long illness.

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Mavimbela feels that Shabalala deserves an official funeral as he was a global idol after his work as a musician.

It is believed that Shabalala's funeral will take place in Ladysmith on 22 February.

TimesLIVE reported that President Ramaphosa's spokesperson, Khusela Diko, said the present will look into the matter. Until recently, he was preparing for the very dramatic State Of the Nation Address.

Meanwhile, has reported that tributes for Shabalala have been pouring in since news about his passing broke.

The Ndlovu Youth Choir can be very proud of their tribute to the muso - it was so good it left many with tears in their eyes.

The choir sang their own version of Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s Homeless.

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