On Saturday, friends, family, and members of the music industry gathered in Soweto to bid farewell to the Kwaito pioneer -Mojalefa ‘Mjokes’ Matsane.
Matsane who was affectionately called ‘Mjokes’ passed away in a car crash last week while returning to his home in Soweto after performing with Trompies.
‘Mjokes,’ or ‘Copperhead,’ as he was known in the Kwaito community, has been in the music industry for almost two decades, performing a variety of genres such as Afro Pop and House.
Many speakers paid tribute to ‘Mjokes’ and described him as a Kwaito pioneer and that his life should be celebrated.
Trompies member, Eugene ‘Donald Duck’ Mthethwa refused to allow a representative of the department of sport, arts and culture – MEC Mbali Hlophe to speak at the service.
Mthethwa disrupted the speech and started singing ‘Sweety Lovo‘ one of the group’s biggest hits in an attempt to stop the MEC of Sports, arts and culture from paying tribute to Mjokes.
Mthethwa staged a one man protest, protesting that ‘these people’ do not know artists while they were living, but only want to honour them once they had passed away.
Eugene said “They don’t know us they only know us when we are dead. I will allow Fikile Mbalula to speak on behalf of the government as he knew Mjokes but the MEC doesn’t know us.”
“Don’t be afraid to sing, they don’t know us. They are only waiting to come to our funerals. They couldn’t give Mjokes the relief fund, but today they are here. We are going to disrupt this.”
“They don’t know us, they only want to come to our funerals. They couldn’t even give #Mjokes the covid-19 relieve fund.”
Trompies Member Eugene Mthethwa ruffled feathers at #Mjokes‘ funeral. He staged a one man protest disrupting MEC Mbali Hlophe’s speech. pic.twitter.com/NcAqlfjC7z
— Moagi The Great (@Chris_Moagi) May 29, 2021
He insisted he would only allow Minister Fikile Mbalula to speak because he actually knew Matsane.