'We know the truth about Dumi' - star's family hits back at fake reports
Dumi Masilela's family are determined to not let false reports about the star's death and private life ruin his legacy, telling TshisaLIVE that they are safe in the knowledge that they knew the real Dumi.
Since the death of the Rhythm City star in an attempted hijacking earlier this month, false reports about Dumi and his private life have flooded social media, including claims of deadly illnesses and relationships troubles.
A recent report about the star's salary was also also fabricated, with TimesLive falsely credited.
Speaking to TshisaLIVE, Dumi's brother Mbongeni said that he was not aware of the many false stories being shared by users on social media but was determined to not let the reports tarnish Dumi's reputation.
"People can write what they like, they can say whatever they feel like, but they did not know the real Dumi. They can make up nonsense using his name but we know the truth about Dumi and the kind of man he was," Mbongeni said.
"It doesn't really matter how the family feels about it (the fake reports) we are just focusing on the future and we won't let gossip ruin his legacy and our attempt to move on," Mbongeni said.
Dumi was shot on August 2 during a botched hijacking in Tembisa. The star was with a friend when a black Jeep approached his car. As he tried to drive away, he was shot once and drove himself halfway to hospital. He was taken into surgery but after five hours was declared dead.