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The late Zahara. Image: Twitter @IamMzilikazi/@MboMahocs

Heartbreaking: Zahara’s guitar delivered to her family home

‘It was a very unsettling, very emotional time’: Singer Lusanda Mbane reportedly delivered Zahara’s guitar to the family in Phumalni.

Zahara funeral

The late Zahara. Image: Twitter @IamMzilikazi/@MboMahocs

The body of the late South African award-winning musician, Zahara – real name Bulelwa Mkutukana arrived in her hometown, East London on Saturday,16 December – this comes after it departed from Johannesburg after her memorial service which took place on Thursday, 14 December at the Rhema Bible Church in Randburg.


According to TshisaLIVE, actress Lusanda Mbane is said to have taken a trip from Johannesburg to Phumlani Informal Settlement in East London to deliver Zahara’s accolades and guitar, and to pay her respects after the family received the late singer’s remains recently.

The late Loliwe hitmaker will be laid to rest in her hometown on Saturday, 23 December in East London, Eastern Cape. Zahara died in hospital in Johannesburg on Monday, 11 December “surrounded by family and loved ones.”

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Zahara and Mbane reportedly met through a two-hour interview on TruFM and formed a sisterhood. “I was there for her when she needed me as a big sister, and I was there when we had fun as well but that didn’t always end well because the big sister in me would always come out and Bulelwa was very stubborn,” Mbane was quoted as saying.

Zahara was born in Phumlani on 9 November 1988 and died at 36.

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“The light moments were when we would sit on her patio and talk about life. She would cook lunch and supper for me, and she would sing for me,” Mbane was quoted as saying.

“When she went into hospital I was in communication with everyone around her. It was a very unsettling, very emotional time because I did not know what to expect,” she reportedly added.

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Zahara. Image via Instagram @zaharasa


Zahara’s sister Bulelwa Mkutukana shared that she was present in the hospital room when the late singer and songwriter took her last breath. She also detailed the singer’s final moments.

“She was in pain at the hospital. I remember just after we left for the 15h00 visit, at 17h00 the doctor called and said we must come back. When Mama, Junior, and I got there, they told us to stay in the room and wait because Bulelwa would not be around for long… It was so painful, we were crying and prayed for four hours,” Bulelwa said.

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Speaking to the SABC, family spokesperson Nkosiyam Mkutukana was quoted as saying. “We would like her to be remembered as a very humble child, very kind… she put our family where it is now during her life she did what she did to put us in greater heights we would love people to remember her as a hero.”

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