Mourners gather at Bassline to celebrate Siyasanga Kobese's life

08 May 2018 - 15:07
By Karishma Thakurdin, Kyle Zeeman and Nonhlanhla Msibi
Siyasanga Kobese's life is being celebrated at a memorial service.
Image: TshisaLIVE Siyasanga Kobese's life is being celebrated at a memorial service.

Hundreds of mourners have packed Bassline in Johannesburg to capacity to celebrate the life of Joyous Celebration singer, Siyasanga Kobese on Tuesday afternoon. 

The stage has been set up with giant-sized pictures of Siyasanga and colourful flowers representing her "larger-than-life personality". 

Programme director Aaron Moloisi told mourners that even though Siyasanga's immediate family could not travel from the Eastern Cape to be present at the memorial, they sent a family representative on their behalf. 

Siyasanga's uncle and family spokesperson, Anele Nogqala said they were proud of her accomplishments. 

He said that if they did not attend a Joyous Celebration performance they were in trouble with Siya. 

"Siya didn't embarrass us as a family, instead we are proud of her and we don't blame God for what has happened," he said. 

The Soil's Buhle Mda told TshisaLIVE that she would always remember Siyasanga for her "larger-than-life" personality. 

Buhle said she was shattered by her friend's death, but was trying to stay strong. 

"She was filled with so much joy, she would never let her friends see her frown. She left all of us shattered with the news of her death". 

Joyous Celebration founder, Jabu Hlongwane and other close friends are expected to pay tribute to Siyasanga through speeches at the service.