Emo­tional fu­neral for C-Live’s beloved son

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Be­fore his son was cre­mated yesterday, DJ C-Live said: “My homie, my best friend and strength in my dark­est mo­ments. Be­fore you were born, I didn’t have di­rec­tion.” It was an emo­tional fu­neral for 11-year-old Nadif. “When you lost your mother in Fe­bru­ary this year, I had to step in and be­come a full-time fa­ther. Ev­ery day, I would learn from you. I would watch you in awe, look­ing at how you af­fected peo­ple’s lives. To­day you are gone, but you live in me,” said the shat­tered fa­ther.

Nadif was burnt to death on Sun­day when his fam­ily’s home in Bezuiden­hout Val­ley, eastern Johannesburg, caught fire.

C-Live, whose real name is Clive Sha­bal­ala, was with his son and girl­friend at the time and tried in vain to save his boy. Nadif was trapped in his bed­room and his charred body was later dis­cov­ered in the cor­ner of the room.

The Grade 5 pupil was re­mem­bered yesterday dur­ing a ser­vice in Wel­tevre­den Park. Be­fore he was cre­mated, fam­ily and friends paid trib­ute to him. They de­scribed him as an in­tel­li­gent and kind young boy who had a bright fu­ture.

Sha­bal­ala, who had not planned to speak at the ser­vice, stood up, say­ing he had to pay trib­ute to his beloved son.

“It has been a sweet and short ride with you. Go well my friend, go well my friend, lala kahle qhawe.”

Le­bo­gang Naves, pop­u­larly known as DJ Naves, com­forted Sha­bal­ala, telling him no words could fill the void.

“Your suf­fer­ing seems un­fair. But one thing is for sure, Nadif will al­ways be in your heart,” he said be­fore also break­ing down.

Sha­bal­ala’s sis­ter, Ma­pule, told City Press about the call she re­ceived from her brother last Sun­day night.

“Boy [Sha­bal­ala] was cry­ing, say­ing the house is burn­ing and he can­not save Nadif. I wanted to fly to Johannesburg at that mo­ment to come and help him,” she said.

It is still not clear what caused the fire, but the fam­ily sus­pects Nadif may have left a heater on be­fore fall­ing asleep.

The fam­ily home was gut­ted by the fire, but Sha­bal­ala’s mother, Vir­ginia, said the house and its con­tents meant noth­ing com­pared to the pre­cious life they had lost.

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