We don't need help, says Brown Dash's family
THE family of the late singer Simphiwe Mpamile aka Brown Dash - who passed away last week - has turned down City Funerals' offer to assist with his burial.
City Funerals is well-known for handling the funerals of top people, including the late former minister of cooperative governance and traditional affairs Sicelo Shiceka.
They have also helped a lot of indigent families that struggle to bury their loved ones.
Brown Dash's brother, Nhlanhla, initially told Sowetan that he did not want to comment "on the issue" but later said: "As a family, we want to do what is normally done when a member has passed on".
Asked to elaborate, he said: "We don't want help from any good Samaritan".
The family had initially welcomed contributions but later changed tack, and said: "Brown Dash was not for sale".
Tony Guiness of City Funerals confirmed that his offer was turned down.
Guiness said he sent singer Mzwakhe Mbuli to convey his offer to the family but it was turned down.
"I sent Mzwakhe to talk to the family but they turned down my offer," Guiness said.
"They said they did not want my assistance because they have already made other arrangements. "
Nhlanhla also refused to give details of Brown Dash's funeral.
Brown Dash died last week at Chris Hani-Baragwanath Academic Hospital in Soweto.
Brown Dash had been in and out of hospital since 2010 after he was diagnosed with pneumonia.
Brown Dash hit the big time alongside then stable-mate at TS Records Mzekezeke in 2002 with the smash hit Phansi Komthumzi Welanga.
DJ Cleo produced his debut album Puff 'n Pass which was nominated for a South African Music Award in 2003.
In 2005, his album Mthandazo Wabolova grabbed the Best Kwaito Album.
He left TS Records in 2007 after releasing Dashboard.
His last album Back2Kasi was a failure.