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Musician dies after collapsing at ANC party

2012-01-07 22:00

Johannesburg - An elderly man collapsed and died in hospital later while attending the ANC centenary celebrations in Bloemfontein on Saturday afternoon, police said

A younger man, believed to be in his 20s, attending the same event also collapsed and was taken to Pelonomi Hospital in the city.

Police spokesperson, Colonel Vishnu Naidoo, said both men were attending a public function at the Mangaung Outdoor Sports Centre.

"About 6 000 people were at the venue for an event that was part of the centenary celebration," Naidoo said.

ANC national spokesperson, Jackson Mthembu, earlier said the elderly man had been believed to be a voluntary musician and had collapsed on the stage.

"We are devastated by the death of this voluntary artist from one of the top bands [performing at the celebration]", Mthembu said in his statement.

Police said the elderly man died after he had been taken to the Pelonomi Hospital.

Comments
  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-01-07 22:18

    Well one way of getting out of paying the man, saved the ANC some money

      TheWatcher - 2012-01-07 22:30

      That's just cold. While I'm 100% against this rally due to the simple fact that its a complete waste of taxpayers money this guy just died, get some perspective.

      Siso - 2012-01-07 22:33

      Voluntary artist!!!!!!!!!!!

      MikeFraser - 2012-01-07 22:47

      Is your hate for the ANC so all consuming that you have lost all common decency and human respect for life??? Or are you just plain common???

      Moss - 2012-01-08 07:48

      People stop trying tgo show us you have a brain on this site, think first. This man has died yet there's just no respect for him!! YOU ARE PATHETIC

      Paul - 2012-01-08 19:31

      I told you all that the smell would be BAD!

  • Makenzi - 2012-01-07 22:31

    talk about a killer party

  • Tswaledi - 2012-01-07 22:47

    Some of us may not have "feelings" (as Juju puts it) for President Zuma and his ANC, which is somehow acceptable, can we please show humanity and sympathize with the family of the deceased, some one just passed away,

      Lyndatjie - 2012-01-08 06:12

      I agree! A family is without a father, a brother, a husband or a grandfather right now. That is the tragedy here. May his soul rest in peace and my condolences to his poor family...

  • Peter - 2012-01-07 23:03

    I feel for the people close to him and family buI also feel for the hundreds that wont eat meat today and probably havent eaten meat for many weaks and mothers trying to get families fed while husbands are unemployed. I am sure the greater leaders that have passed on ther wish was to move forwad not walking into future backwards.

  • LĂ©Fifi Mashigo - 2012-01-07 23:18

    Awkward. so did they continue with the celebrations or just ignored it like they do with every other problem and carry on?

      Chum Scrubber - 2012-01-08 08:14

      Pretty sure they carried on once the poor oke was dealt with? That would be acceptable surely?

  • Alva - 2012-01-07 23:41

    Circus in full swing.

  • Charmaine - 2012-01-08 00:17

    Love and compassion to the family of the departed Soul, may he rest in Peace, his job was done here on Earth, and now he has to appear before the judgment seat Of The lord. Amen

      Johan Britz - 2012-01-08 05:11

      I thought ANC Members go straight through the pearly gates?

  • Grant - 2012-01-08 00:56

    The first thng I thought of which nobody else seemm to have is what drugs were these guys on?

  • Jaba - 2012-01-08 02:12

    May he/she Rest in Peace. great shame it wasnt juju...

  • Rodney - 2012-01-08 02:33

    my first thought was how Jackson Thembu can say he is devastated by the musicians death, but doesn't even know his frikkin name! yeah, very devastated.

      Spotty - 2012-01-08 02:58

      Typical bullshyte one encounters several times daily.

      John - 2012-01-08 04:56

      Yep Rodney, the party is full of morons and the beat goes on, I wrote to the editor of News24 asking him why so many threads were blocked yesterday and asked him if we should now believe that 24 is taking sides. One thread that I wanted to comment on(which was blocked while I was typing)was the statement made by USA's super moron, Jesse Jackson. His intelligence is in such abundance that he said and I quote ""The USA and South Africa both ended apartheid together, and both now have African presidents"" Duh! Obama has just had to prove that he was actually born in Hawaii and Jesse was very vocal in the States about that. So how can Obama be African. Afro American yes. Big Fu$king difference.

      Daft - 2012-01-08 07:29

      The only reason why he is devastated is because now they have one vote less....

      Chum Scrubber - 2012-01-08 08:18

      True John. It would be like saying Bush was a "European" president. So obsessed with his African origins, Jesse's brain has turned to puss.

  • mollie.kruger - 2012-01-08 06:01

    It's a sign...

  • annie.kalahari - 2012-01-08 06:15

    Do these poor people have names or do those fall under the ANC's censorship laws?

  • Ngime - 2012-01-08 06:43

    Oh, how sad.

  • Robbie - 2012-01-08 07:34

    This party is to die for.

  • Francois - 2012-01-08 07:56

    i wonder, do they play jazz at ANC celebrations... i,m quite fond of jazz

      Gregory Jurgens - 2012-01-08 15:38

      I like jazz too. Hope they play a bit of jazz.

  • Lynn - 2012-01-08 08:20

    Condolences to the family. May he rest in peace.

  • Chum Scrubber - 2012-01-08 08:23

    Not an ANC fan myself, I think to find these deaths unusual or something to mock the ANC is a bit low. It is a huge gathering of people, one should expect the odd person to die, be robbed, perhaps even a murder. I think some are a bit desperate to find anything to criticize them with. They provide enough fuel for criticism - the death of these people is sad, and its unfair to use them as fuel to slate the ANC. Cheesy, weak.

  • Cornell - 2012-01-08 08:25

    Condolences to the families of the two men that died.

  • Cornell - 2012-01-08 08:28

    Condolences to the families of the two men that died.

      Miya Mpho Richard - 2013-07-28 21:55

      I'm still alive you know... My heart just stopped and I came to life again, I'm not dead, not yet

  • Patrick - 2012-01-08 08:53

    i am black and i hate the way anc is running the country, but i despise the way whites cant hide their dislike for a black man. a man died and whites busy bashing the anc. were is ubuntu. only blacks must be nice to whites. i still remember in 90's. whites puting their dog in a left hand driver and a darkie behind the open van in winter. christian whites silent. sies

  • Marc - 2012-01-08 10:33

    Moss, take a hike. You're an economic dinosaur, a commmunist. Lagarde is looking for customers for the IMF. Pandering to a flange of greedy sub-saharans is old hat.

  • chris.piro2 - 2012-01-08 10:59

    May his soul rest in peace .

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2012-01-08 11:12

    Slaughtering the bull isn't enough and service delivery would be enough to appease the ancestors.

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2012-01-08 11:51

    You are so general and ignorant. Your comment doesn't add any value to SA but just breeds interracial distrust. If the incompetence of the ANC led government makes you insult all blacks then you are wrong. You must take time and befriend right blacks and you will never be ignorant as you are. Your comment simply equates you with Malema's racial utterences. Do you think any conservative black man who wants to vote against the ANC in the coming elections would do so with your comments? He may fear for worse. I don't have any vendatta towards whites, including the architects of apartheid. Calling each other names because of the mistakes of the few won't help, both blacks and whites must find a common ground to address these challenges SA is facing under current leadership, they affect us all.

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2012-01-08 11:57

    @ Kevin Sadie, you are so general and ignorant. Your comment doesn't add any value to SA but just breeds interracial distrust. If the incompetence of the ANC led government makes you insult all blacks then you are wrong. You must take time and befriend right blacks and you will never be ignorant as you are. Your comment simply equates you with Malema's racial utterences. Do you think any conservative black man who wants to vote against the ANC in the coming elections would do so with your comments? He may fear for worse. I don't have any vendatta towards whites, including the architects of apartheid. Calling each other names because of the mistakes of the few won't help, both blacks and whites must find a common ground to address these challenges SA is facing under current leadership, they affect us all.

      Gregory Jurgens - 2012-01-08 15:26

      Well said buddy.

  • jaco.mans - 2012-01-09 09:47

    Who is the artist?

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