Phuzekhemisi mourns loss of son

Show had to go on de­spite son’s death

Sowetan - - News - By Pa­tience Bam­balele

Maskandi star Phuzekhemisi Mnyandu said he had to hon­our a per­for­mance just hours af­ter his son was killed.

Phuza, as he is af­fec­tion­ately known, was booked to per­form at an event in Mgababa in KwaZulu-Natal, on Sun­day.

The mu­si­cian told Sowe­tan yes­ter­day that his son Magugu Mnyandu was hit by a car while cross­ing a main road in Dur­ban on Sun­day.

Magugu, 22, was en-route to meet his fa­ther and the rest of the band for a per­for­mance.

“I could not be­lieve it when I got a call to rush to the scene. My son had vis­ited his mother’s fam­ily to bury his un­cle and we were sup­posed to meet for a per­for­mance in Mgababa.”

“I’m sure he was cross­ing the free­way rush­ing to meet us, but he never ar­rived. My son died on the scene be­cause he sus­tained head in­juries. This is the most ter­ri­ble thing to hap­pen to me.”

Mnyandu said he waited for his son’s body to be taken to the morgue be­fore he could go to the sched­uled per­for­mance.

He said it was dif­fi­cult for him to per­form but the show had to go on.

“It was the most dif­fi­cult thing to do for me and the band. We had to per­form but it was dif­fi­cult. This is a dif­fi­cult time for the whole fam­ily.”

Mnyandu said what hurt most was that his son was do­ing his fi­nal year in ac­count­ing at Univer­sity of South Africa (Unisa).

Magugu was also a back­ing vo­cal­ist and a dancer, hav­ing grad­u­ated into the band three years ago.

Mnyandu added that Magugu will be buried this week­end in Mkhomazi, KwaZulu-Natal, where they orig­i­nally come from.


Maskandi artist Phuzekhemisi is un­der a dark cloud.

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