- A rumour started on social media that Hlengiwe Mhlaba had passed away but the singer is alive and well
- According to Hlengiwe's publicist, Hlengiwe has not died and she is still very much alive
- The publicist revealed that they received a number of calls relating to Hlengiwe's supposed death over the weekend
Award-winning gospel artist Hlengiwe Mhlaba is alive and well, according to her publicist. False reports have been circulating on social media that the singer had passed away.
According to The Sowetan, the artist reassured her fans that she was okay following the reports of her supposed death.
Rumours began to spread that Hlengiwe had passed after a community radio host in KwaZulu-Natal posted on Facebook that she had died.
After the post began trending, Hlengiwe's friends and family began to receive calls from people who were mourning her. Hlengiwe's publicist Nkuleleko Khanyi has maintained that she is okay.
“I spoke to Hlengiwe on Saturday morning and when I was receiving these calls I was actually confused. All those calls came to me and it was scary," said her publicist Khanyi.
According to Khanyi, the rumour mill became worse on Sunday because that was when they received a higher volume of phone calls.
“I can confirm that Hlengiwe is fine and not even sick for that matter. We don’t know why a person would start such a rumour when people are really dying of Covid-19 and other diseases," said Khanyi.
Hlengiwe took to social media to speak on the rumours of her death and told people that they need to be sensitive to the families, friends and relatives of others before spreading fake news.
The publicist added that Hlengiwe is already in the studio working on her projects lined up for 2021.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that Welcome Bhodloza Nzimande, former Ukhozi FM manager passed away. Welcome Bhodloza Nzimande has passed away, he was rushed to the hospital this morning and after battling a short illness he succumbed.
Nzimande is a veteran in the entertainment industry, he joined the SABC back in 1978 as an announcer. He eventually became the station manager of Ukhozi FM and was also the presenter for Ezodumo, a show which highlighted indigenous music.
Acting Ukhozi FM station manager Sbongi Ngcobo has described Nzimande as a person who was incredibly wise. Social media users have flooded the internet with messages of condolence.
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Source: Briefly News