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Woman who vlogged DJ Sumbody’s funeral hits back at critics. Image via Twitter: @thandie_gumbi

Woman who vlogged at DJ Sumbody’s funeral hits back at critics

‘I went to the funeral to pay my last respects because I left him’: The young woman received backlash for her videos at DJ Sumbody’s funeral.

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Woman who vlogged DJ Sumbody’s funeral hits back at critics. Image via Twitter: @thandie_gumbi

A woman named Bontle Maela, who disputes claims she is DJ Sumbody’s ex-girlfriend, has clapped back at fans criticising her for shooting her TikTok content at the musician’s funeral.

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The slain amapiano pioneer and businessman — whose real name was Oupa John Sefoka — was laid to rest on Saturday 26 November at Ga-Masemola, Apel Fourways Cross, Limpopo.

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The 38-year-old was gunned down along with one of his bodyguards in a hail of bullets in Woodmead, Johannesburg while on his way to a gig on Sunday morning, 20 November. He died on the scene with one of his bodyguards, Sibu Walter Mokoena.

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DJ Sumbody funeral. Image via Twitter @EFFSouthAfrica


While mourners, including EFF leader, Julius Malema, rapper, Cassper Nyovest; and the Sefoka family gathered to pay their last respects to DJ Sumbody, all Bontle had on her mind is shooting content

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Bontle trended on social media after sharing a video of herself at the funeral as she happily announced her arrival.

“Hello everyone, we have arrived at the funeral and now we’re going to dish up,” a chirpy Bontle, who was chewing the life out of her bubblegum, said as she threw a peace sign in the mix.

In another video, Bontle and her friends can be heard saying that those who are not in attendance do not qualify as “stocko” — women paid to “entertain” musicians during gigs.


Bontle’s video invited a lot of backlash from DJ Sumbody’s fans who found it disrespectful and distasteful.

“Doesn’t even seem like she’s saddened by the death bathong, she’s just happy to be amongst the known people,” a tweep commented.

“This is so disgusting and disrespectful,” another tweep wrote.

While another said: “We have arrived at the era of self portraits and tone deaf vlogs at funerals. I just can’t.”


However, an unbothered Bontle said that she does not see anything with the video. Instead she said that those who were criticising her for vlogging at DJ Sumbody’s funeral “need counselling”.

“All that I can say is you guys need counselling, a serious one [sic]. Li [you are] stressed and in that video, there is nothing wrong actually because I was updating my followers that I have arrived. What made you angry? The fact that I said I’m going to dish up? Don’t you dish up at funerals?

“I went to the funeral to pay my last respects because I left him. I did not go there for the content, I cried yes because a funeral is sensitive and I was hurt. Just because I was hurt doesn’t mean I can’t take a video,” Bontle said.

In another video, Bontle says she’s not DJ Sumbody’s ex and she was just passing by.