Another sad day for Mzansi as legendary jazz guru Jonas Gwangwa Dies
Johannesburg, South Africa
It’s yet another sad day for South Africa following the death of veteran jazz artist Jonas Gwangwa.
The veteran jazz musician was born in 1937 in Orlando East, Soweto, and is most well-known for songs such as Morwa and Kgomo.
President Cyril Ramaphosa, took to Twitter to express his condolences,
“a giant of our revolutionary cultural movement and our democratic creative industries has been called to rest, the trombone that boomed with boldness and bravery, and equally warmed our hearts with mellow melody has lost its life force
Jonas Gwanga ascends to our great orchestra of musical ancestors whose creative genius and dedication to the freedom of all South Africans inspired millions in our country and mobilised the international community against the Apartheid system.
In our hour of mourning the loss of many precious lives around us, we pray also that the soul of Jonas Gwangwa will rest in peace.”
On Thursday, the country lost another veteran, Jackson Mthembu, Minister in the Presidency who succumbed to COVID-19. He is set to be honoured with an official category 1 state funeral at his home of Emalahleni in Mpumalanga tomorrow and President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to deliver the eulogy.
Deputy President David Mabuza will pay tribute to him at his memorial service at the Government Communication and Information System Auditorium in Hatfield, Pretoria on Monday.
The memorial was originally scheduled to take place today but has since been postponed to Monday following consultations between the Presidency and the late Minister’s family,
“the memorial service for the late Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu will now take place on Monday the 25th of January, with the Deputy President David Mabuza delivering the keynote tribute. The Official Funeral Category 1 will proceed as previously announced, on Sunday, 24 January at the Minister’s home town of Emalahleni, Mpumalanga. President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver the eulogy at the funeral which will take place with strict adherence to COVID-19 regulations pertaining to funerals and the prohibition on public gatherings, ” the Presidency said in a statement.
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