Simphiwe Dana

Simphiwe Dana rubbed shoulders with Thabo Mbeki. Image via Instagram @simphiwedana/ via Getty Images

‘Wonderful time spent’: Simphiwe Dana jet sets with Thabo Mbeki

Simphiwe Dana had her fans and online followers’ tongues wagging after posting a picture with former president Thabo Mbeki in a private jet.

Simphiwe Dana

Simphiwe Dana rubbed shoulders with Thabo Mbeki. Image via Instagram @simphiwedana/ via Getty Images

Musician and political activist Simphiwe Dana recently rubbed shoulders with South African former president Thabo Mbeki and took to Instagram to show off a picture taken with him which left her online fans and followers green with envy.


The Inkwenkwezi singer gave her followers a glimpse into her encounter with the former ANC (African National Congress) president. In the snap, Dana could be seen sitting inside a private jet next to Mbeki as they smiled for the camera. When uploading the picture on her feed, Dana explained how she enjoyed spending time with the former president and said,

“It has been such a wonderful time spent with this great leader on our way back from Guinea. I got such important insights from our conversation. The gentleness and patience he exhibited as I asked him a myriad of questions. I will treasure this experience for a long time to come.”

This was actually not be the first time the Afro-Soul musician was in the same room with Mbeki. According to one of her Instagram posts, she also attended Mbeki’s 80th birthday in 2022. The milestone was celebrated at the Sandton Convention Centre, North of Johannesburg, SABC reported. Friends and family members were said to have gathered for an evening to enjoy a gala dinner.

Simphiwe Dana
Simphiwe Dana spent time witrh former president Thabo Mbeki. Image via Instagram @simphiwedana

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“So much to learn from this unique Son of our Continent,” @josinazmachel said.

“You made him blush. We thank you as a nation. Such a great picture❤️❤️,” @nomkhosi_mal wrote.

“This picture just added brightness to my day😍. Love it🌺,” @lelethuluu replied.

“One of the greatest leaders that Africa has ever produced. Celebrate that meeting for the rest of your life 🔥❤️🙏🏾🎉🥂,” @generaldoh commented.

“He is so happy to be sitting next to you 😍,” @thabang_ketlesetse_bontle said.

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