The peculiar tale of Brenda Fassie’s ashes

2013-05-12 10:00

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What do Brenda Fassie’s missing ashes, one of Nelson Mandela’s grandsons and superstar rapper have in common?

Well, they all feature in just an average month in the life of troubled musician Bongani Fassie.

It was a decade ago this week since Fassie’s famous mother died, and it has emerged that the 29-year-old has resorted to carrying her ashes around with him wherever he goes.

At one point, a promoter who has worked with Fassie told City Press that he once forgot the ashes in Cape Town.

“Brenda’s ashes were left in Cape Town and had to be picked up in Langa and transported back to Johannesburg on a special trip,” said the promoter, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Fassie has angrily denied losing the ashes, but he hasn’t denied that he carries them around. “It is false that I lost them. I’m not that careless to lose the ashes. Like, who does that? Wow,” he said.

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