Bhaka Nzama flashes cash at Saba memorial - dedicates song to wife

ZAMOKWAKHE "Bhaka" Nzama drove crowds wild when he splashed cash on stage at the memorial service of Umhlobo Wenene FM presenter Saba Mbixane.

In addition he donated R5000 to the Mbixane family while a group of maskandi singers collected money to buy two cows.

Bhaka has been in the news for his tumultuous affair with singer Kelly Khumalo.

The eThekwini Community Church was filled to capacity as fans paid tribute to Mbixane at the service organised by South African Traditional Music Awards (Satma) founder Dumisani Goba.

Bhaka, a traditional healer and musician who is famous for his flashy lifestyle, could not wait to make his entrance.

He arrived in a red Audi A3 TFS driven by one of his bodyguards while his wife Jabu Mzobe was in a VW EOS 2.0.

Wearing a long, white coat and carrying a fancy walking stick, Bhaka took out his man bag and stacked notes on the boot of his car before entering the venue followed by hordes of mourners.

Then he went on stage and showed off his wife and told the crowd she was the one and only. After that he performed a song Ngeke Ngimlahle Umkami (I won't leave my wife for you).

People jostled for his attention as he left. Mbixane, a traditional music radio DJ at Umhlobo Wenene FM, died last Thursday after a motorbike accident last month that put him in ICU for weeks.

He was described by colleagues and dignitaries as a cultural icon who lifted traditional music to greater heights.

Traditional music singers praised Mbixane for his music choice during his show Lavuthi'Bhayi.

Mbixane's official provincial memorial service will be held today at Mthatha's iconic Mthatha 2010 Legacy Stadium. He will be laid to rest on Sunday at Mandleni village in Mount Frere.


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