Zahara. Image via Instagram @zaharasa

Late singer Zahara’s sisters also selling her awards

Lumka and Bandezwa Mkutukana reportedly resolved to sell their late sister Zahara’s belongings after the singer lost her Roodepoort house.


Zahara. Image via Instagram @zaharasa

The sisters of late musician Zahara – real name Bulelwa Mkutukana — are said to be selling more than just her furniture.

According to ZiMoja, Lumka Mkutukana and Bandezwa Mkutukana-Febana are also selling the multi-platinum-selling songtress’ awards.

Zahara passed away at a Johannesburg hospital on 11 December 2023 after spending almost three weeks in the intensive care unit (ICU). She was laid to rest on 23 December in East London.


ZiMoja reports that items such as Zahara’s bedroom suite, lounge suite, kitchen supplies, flat-screen TV and her double-door fridge have all gone up for sale.

However, those are not the only items that the singer’s sisters have put up for sale, as her awards are also being sold.

According to a source, the awards, with Zahara’s name inscribed on them, have not received any buyers so far.

“No one has shown interest in buying the awards so far,” said the source.

The Loliwe hitmaker gained great success with her music, scooping over 40 awards in her 11-year career.


The decision to sell Zahara’s belongings came after her townhouse in Roodepoort was auctioned off last year. However, the new owner had given the musician some time to buy the house back. She unfortunately passed before doing so.

In April this year, the artist’s family revealed that they would be hosting a benifit concert to raise funds to buy back the house. However, the concert was later postponed indefinitely.

According to TshisaLIVE, Bandezwa said they had not been able to secure a venue or funding for the event.

“It’s not going to happen now. We can’t get to the community hall and there have been so many challenges. Zahara fought for her house while she was still alive, throughout her career that’s what she managed to hold on to. Also, to us, that was like home, that’s why we wanted to keep it because it’s got so many memories for us with her in it. It’s part of her legacy, we do not really want to lose it,” she said.

The Dispatch Live reported that Bandezwa had already booked Orient Theatre, in East London, however, they had not yet paid for it. 

The show was scheduled to be hosted by former Scandal! actress Lusanda Mbane. It would have featured artists Khanyisa Sabuka, Butho Vuthela, Ivory Sikepe, Nathi Mankayi and Zahara’s best friend Vusi Nova.