Sfiso Dladla

Image via Facebook: @Ithemba-Musical-Group

Gospel singer Sfiso Dladla fatally shot in KwaZulu-Natal

RIP, Sfiso Dladla.

Sfiso Dladla

Image via Facebook: @Ithemba-Musical-Group

Gospel Singer Sfiso Dladla – who was a member of the Ithemba Musical Group – passed away. KZN MEC Hlengiwe Mavimbela confirmed that the singer was shot in Umlazi, Durban.

Sfiso Dladla’s passing: What we know

Gunshot injuries

Mavimbela released a statement, saying Dladla’s death comes as a shock as his chances of recovery seemed high. However, the singer succumbed to gunshot injuries on 24 March 2021.

Minister Mavimbela said Dladla “was in ICU after he was shot multiple times”. He had been admitted to the ICU and the department seemed “hopeful” that he would pull through. Mavimbela added:

“The passing of Dladla will leave a dent in gospel music especially in Kwazulu Natal.”

‘Good night Mkhaya Mfwethu’

The Ithemba Gospel Group released a statement as well, to bid farewell to Dladla, saying: “Good night Mkhaya Mfwethu, we will always love you.”

Mavimbela sent her heartfelt condolences to Dladla’s family, friends, and members of the Ithemba Gospel Group. She said his passing leaves a void “, especially to his fellow group members.

“I hope you find strength during this difficult time and continue creating memorable music to honour him for the amazing contribution he made in the music industry”.

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Recent shooting incident

As reported by Daily Sun, Dladla was involved in a shooting two weeks before his death and was shot multiple times. At the time, a close source to the singer said he was the victim of the “high crime levels in the area”.

His friend said residents had been complaining about it “but nothing was happening”. The source said they also knew who the culprits were and that the criminals “don’t live far from us”.

“On Sunday, 14 March we decided to catch the criminals, we knew who they were. They don’t live far from us. We gathered a community and went to a house to confront the criminals”.

Dadla’s passing follows one month after the mother of one of the group members, Lindani Khomo, passed away.