The late showbiz veteran Arabi Mocheke's memorial service at the Bassline in Newtown, Johannesburg, yesterday was characterised by countless jokes and accounts told by his friends and family members.
However, what came out of these long, and mostly humorous, tales was one central theme - Mocheke, who died last Thursday at home in Johannesburg was a good man on whom close friends could rely for his generosity, wisdom and good company.
A man-about-town when it came to the fairer sex, Mocheke's sister Theresa Mocheke-Gouveia made everyone laugh when she confirmed what his close friends have always known about him - that nobody would beat him when it came to winning the hearts of women.
Former leading model and beauty of the 1980s, Nakedi Ribane, was as daring as Mocheke's adventurous streak when she asked some of Mocheke's friends in the audience to shout out about what they mostly knew him for in the 1980s - they responded loudly: "Fuchman", to which everyone laughed.
That was not all. His girlfriend, Jabu Mahlambi, who saw her man succumb to prostate cancer, said: "I loved him and he loved me.
"He has made me who I am today because of his love, wisdom and his inspiration."
Arts and culture director-general Themba Wakashe , who was also a close friend of the late arts promoter, described Mocheke as having done quite a lot to develop young talent.
Among the dignitaries who attended the memorial service were Muvhango producer Duma ka Ndlovu, publisher Rose Francis, Sowetan acting editor-in-chief Bongani Keswa, musicians Philip Tabane, Sibongile Khumalo, Selaelo Selota and several film-makers, writers, journalists and the arty type.
Mocheke will be buried in Musina, Limpopo, on Saturday. The service will start at 7.30am in Nancefield township.