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"Maybe God wanted a special angel in heaven and Lebo was one of them."
Those were the touching words of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela when she paid her last respects to the late pop star, Lebo Mathosa, at her funeral service at the Benoni City Hall on Saturday.
Madikizela-Mandela said she knew Mathosa well because "she was in and out of the house without telling", and also revealed that Mathosa told Zindzi - Madikizela-Mandela's daughter - that she wanted to do a 70th birthday for Mama.
"On behalf of the country I want to say she was our pride," Madikizela-Mandela.
"When she performed it felt like the struggle was worth it."
Mathosa's funeral service was more of a celebration, with people from all walks of life attending, including her colleagues in the music industry, TV personalities, and church and political leaders.
Those who spoke included Cosatu president Willie Madisha, Adelaide Tambo, wife of late former ANC president Oliver Tambo, and Ekurhuleni mayor Duma Nkosi.
Also present to say farewell to the diva were UDM leader Bantu Holomisa, ANC Youth League's Fikile Mbalula, Bonginkosi "Zola" Dlamini, Muvhango's Florence Masebe, Thami Ngubeni, DJ Cleo, 3Sum, Khanyi Mbau and Ishmael.
Alexandra Brass Band, Rebecca Malope, Zwai Bala, Afro Tenor and Lira rendered musical items .
Lira and Mathosa went to the same church, Christ The Rock, in Daveyton.
Somizi Mhlongo broke down in tears when he rendered his own version of Mathosa's Free. DJ Christos, Mathosa's producer, told mourners to accept what had happened because "at the end of the day it's God's will".
Fans lined the streets, screaming and waving to the throng of celebrity stars.
They also took pictures of their idols with their cellphone cameras.
Family members, and only a few close associates, were allowed near Mathosa's final resting place, Phumlani Cemetery.