DJ Sumbody

The memorial service of ‘Ayepyep’ hitmaker and music producer DJ Sumbody, who died in a hail of bullets on Sunday 20 November, took place on Wednesday in Centurion. Image via Instagram @ladydu_sa

‘He was scared’: There were three attempts on DJ Sumbody’s life

DJ Sumbody’s business partner Tshepi Ranamane dismissed rumours that his friend was a gangster, saying he would never hurt a fly.

DJ Sumbody

The memorial service of ‘Ayepyep’ hitmaker and music producer DJ Sumbody, who died in a hail of bullets on Sunday 20 November, took place on Wednesday in Centurion. Image via Instagram @ladydu_sa

Slain amapiano musician and businessman Oupa John “DJ Sumbody” Sefoka’s friend and business partner Tshepi Ranamane refuted claims the Monate Mpolaye hitmaker was a gangster.

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Ranamane — who co-owned Ayepyep Lifestyle with the DJ — spoke at his friend’s funeral on Saturday 26 November at Ga-Masemola, Apel Fourways Cross, Limpopo. During the funeral, he revealing that the muso was scared for his life as there had been attempts to kill him before.

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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.

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DJ SUMBODY SELF-ISOLATED OUT OF FEAR

According to Ranamane, DJ Sumbody was a harmless person and he would not “even hurt a fly.”

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“In September thereabout we collaborated to do the flavour market at the Loftus Stadium and after the event someone got fatally shot. Two days after that somebody got killed at Sunnyside just outside DJ Sumbody’s other club Top Notch. Three days after that in Mabopane someone else got shot dead.

“Why I’m bringing this up is because the shooting at Top Notch frightened DJ Sumbody so much because he self-isolated, he stayed at home. We had meetings to do because we did business together. We had to go to his house to meet and he was scared. I was asking him, my man what’s wrong and he said because the car that the guy was driving in, the make and colour, he thought the people were coming after him,” he said.

Ranamane expressed that it had broken his heart to hear rumours that his friend was a gangster, TshisaLIVE reported.

“I dismissed it as paranoia. I wish I hadn’t because maybe he was going to pay a bit of attention to his security detail. The thing is with me is I always thought why would somebody want to harm somebody so harmless. I mean the guy wouldn’t even hurt a fly. But the way they brutally took him out, the way they brutally shot him, it’s as if he was some kind of gangster.

“That’s why there’s conspiracy theories that are suggesting he was a gangster or drug dealer. I’m so sorry guys, the guy was none of that. He was just so good at what he does, so good that I don’t know. Maybe that created enemies for him,” Ranamane said.

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DJ Sumbody funeral. Image via Twitter @EFFSouthAfrica

MUSICIAN’S BODYGAURD ALSO LAID TO REST

DJ Sumbody was in the same car with one of his bodyguards Sbu Walter Mokoena when he was brutally murdered. Mokoena also died on the scene.

According to reports, Mokoena was also laid to rest at the weekend.

DJ Sumbody’s brother Koketso Sefoka paid tribute to the late bodyguard at the Iyamemeza hitmaker’s funeral. He thanked him for putting his life on the line to protect his bother.

“To Sbu Walter Mokoena, my brother’s bodyguard and friend, thank you very much. You fought a good fight. You put your life on the line for my brother in all three attempts on his life, three as mentioned.

“I thank you my brother and I will never forget what you’ve done. Those that took my brother’s life, you might’ve taken his life, but his spirit and legacy live on and  I will fight for that legacy. I am my brother’s keeper,” Sefoka said.