Photos of Zahara in Hospital Leave Mzansi Fuming: “There Should Be Consequences for That”

Photos of Zahara in Hospital Leave Mzansi Fuming: “There Should Be Consequences for That”

  • Zahara's hospital pictures have caused public outrage, with social media users expressing disgust
  • Zahara passed away in a Johannesburg hospital on 11 December 2023 due to lung complications
  • The circulating pictures sparked a debate on social media about the lack of respect for privacy

Social media users have expressed disgust after pictures of the late award-winning singer Bulelwa Mkutukana in hospital went viral online.

Zahara's hospital pictures leak
Photos of Zahara in hospital are circulating on social media. Image: @zaharasa
Source: Instagram

Zahara's hospital pictures get SA buzzing

South Africans on social media still can't believe someone had the guts to take pictures of the late singer Zahara while she was fighting for her life in the hospital. The Loliwe singer died at a Johannesburg hospital on Monday, 11 December 2023 after battling liver complications.

According to a post shared by the popular entertainment news commentator @Am_Blujay on his X page, the heartbreaking pictures have been making rounds on social media platforms. The post suggested that there should be consequences for people who take photos of people in the hospital. He wrote:

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"I saw pictures of Zahara in the hospital on Facebook, is it the nurses or relatives? Surely there should be consequences for such."

Speaking exclusively to Briefly News, media personality and Zahara's friend Asandiswa Mhlauli popularly known as Afiba said the images are all fake. He also called on South Africans to also do a little research before believing and spending what they see and hear online. He said:

"Regarding the pictures circulating on Facebook – it is all-fake news, the pictures are taken from the internet, there are the sites these pictures were taken from:Picture 1 : and Picture 2 :
"I would like to appeal to anyone before they believe something to do a little research, do to google image search, upload the image and it will tell you the original source."

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SA reacts to Zahara's hospital pictures

Social media users shared mixed thoughts about the pictures circulating online. Some said it was the hospital staff, while others noted that it could have been a family member who leaked them to the public.

@BlaqSabali said:

"Our lack of respect for humanity is nauseating."

@thatom_thatom commented:

"Some people don't respect other people's privacy, and what happened to patient confidentially when it comes to healthcare workers?"

@ToSoftness wrote:

"It’s always the nurses, no other staff members are ever suspected of misconduct."


"Hospital staff took those pictures and more. People should also put their focus on this matter. Issues like this need to be investigated. Countless patients with abnormal situations have pictures of them posted online because of clinic/hospital staff."

Zahara gets emotional during final performance

Meanwhile, Briefly News reported that Zahara's untimely passing left South Africans reeling in pain. Social media has been filled with heartwarming tributes from fans, friends and industry colleagues.

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After her death, fans have been sharing videos and pictures of award-winning singer and guitarist Zahara. Some fans have unearthed videos of the star performing for the late former President Nelson Mandela, a clip talking about how she wants to be remembered and many more.

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Privie Kandi (Entertainment Editor) Privilege Kandi is an entertainment news editor (joined Briefly in 2022). A Journalism and Mass Communication graduate from the Christian College of Southern Africa (2016), she has been in the arts and entertainment industry for six years. Privie has worked for the Zimbabwe International Film and Festival Trust as a communications officer and a writer and TV producer for lifestyle and entertainment channel CME TV. She passed a set of trainings by Google News Initiative. You can reach her at