Family, friends and celebrities remember Florence Masebe’s little Prince

By Drum Digital
19 November 2015

The funeral service of Florence Masebe’s 18-month-old son, Prince Masakona Matsila, was held at Bramley Primary School in Joburg earlier today.

The toddler passed away on Saturday 14 November, which is also his famous mom’s birthday.

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Media personalities and politicians, including Basetsana Kumalo, Katlego Danke, Lebo Ragimana, singer Maduvha Madima, Metro FM’s Kgopedi oa Namane, Chumani Pan, Rami Chuene, Penny Lebyane, Lerato Zah Moloi, Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi and Zizi Kodwa just to mention a few, were in attendance.

Speaker after speaker spoke of how great Masa, as the toddler was known, was and how he touched lives in his 18 months.

“My friend I will not stand here and say I understand, as I don't. I won’t stand here and say it’s okay, because it is not,” said Basetsana, who spoke on behalf of the entertainment industry and as Florence’s friend. “He came and he conquered in only 18 months. He touched so many lives as young as he was,” she added.

Meanwhile, ANC spokesman Zizi said: “I have been asked by your second family, the ANC, to pay tribute. We have lost an angel, a star. May the young Prince rest in peace. A young life gone too soon.”

Maduvha also gave a moving speech and comforted the bereaved with a rendition of Be still, and know that I am God.

Monthati Masebe, Florence’s first-born said: “I don’t know what I am about to say. The past 18 months with Masakona were a rollercoaster; he couldn’t talk but he could talk. When he took mama’s phone he spoke in Venda and when he took my phone he spoke English. Masa, I will miss you,” Monthati said.

Florence’s brother, Thabo Masebe, was quick to dismiss reports that Florence, a loving mother, was having a bash the day her son passed away. In his speech, he said that when he returned his sister’s missed call to wish her a happy birthday, a paramedic took the phone to break the sad news to him.

“Upon entering the house, Florence was sitting on the couch in the lounge carrying a lifeless Masa. This is the same place she sat with him all the time,” Thabo added.

“She sat there at the same place where she used to feed him and this time he could not respond ... He was gone.”

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May Masakona rest in peace.

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