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mokoena's memorials, funeral

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Tebogo Monama

Tebogo Monama

As condolences continued to pour in for award-winning singer Vuyo Mokoena, details of his memorial service and burial were also released.

Mokoena died of a brain tumour last Friday.

Two memorial services are scheduled for this week. The first will be held tomorrow at the Grace Bible Church in Pimville, Soweto, at 11am.

The second will be held on Thursday at the Duduza Multipurpose Centre in Nigel, Ekurhuleni.

It will also start at 11am.

The gospel singer will be buried on Saturday at the Nigel cemetery.

The funeral service will be held at the Springs Civic Centre at 9am and the cortege will leave at 1pm.

Mokoena died a week after his second collapse at home, where he was recovering from severe leukaemia.

He was first admitted to Linksfield Clinic in March, where he was diagnosed with severe leukemia.

He was sent home to recover.

The father of four was readmitted to hospital two weeks ago with a severe headache. Doctors discovered that he had brain tumour.

Gauteng provincial secretary of the SA Council of Churches, Gift Moerane, said: "We were shocked by his death, especially since a few years ago he was honoured by the Methodist Church for his contribution to gospel music.

"He contributed hugely to gospel music and played an important role in the upliftment and spirituality of people."

Department of Arts and Culture spokesman Sandile Memela said Mokoena's music not only made a contribution to South African society but also to the whole of southern Africa.

Memela said: "We are deeply saddened by the death of a young and talented gospel artist who gave us reason to be proud.

"His music was spiritual. It touched us and made us feel connected to a higher being.

"We feel thankful that he was part of our lives. We do not send condolences only to his family but also to his friends all over the world."

His best friend and record company boss Sipho Makhabane said he had shared many ideas, both professionally and personally, with Mokoena.


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