Musician from KZN collapses and dies at ANC concert in blazing hot Bloemfontein

2012-01-09 00:00

A MUSICIAN from ANC president Jacob Zuma’s hometown of Nkandla collapsed and died — apparently of heat stroke — while waiting to perform at a concert for the ANC’s centenary in a blazing hot Bloemfontein.

Sizanempi Nxusa (54) who played bass guitar for maskandi music group Ihashi Elimhlophe (White Horse), collapsed backstage a few minutes before his group was to perform.

Band leader Bheki Ngcobo said he was called after Nxusa had already collapsed.

“We poured some cold water over him, but he did not wake up. An ambulance was immediately summoned to the scene and Nxusa and another girl who also collapsed next to him were rushed to hospital. However we were told that Nxusa died before reaching hospital,’’ Ngcobo said.

Temperatures peaked at above 40 degrees and several people were treated for dehydration.

Ngcobo said Nxusa had been with the group for over 15 years and was in good health.

Ihashi Elimhlophe did not perform after his death, and the band members wept openly on stage as programme director Kriselda Khananda announced what had happened to the shocked crowd.

Although the crowd was not big because of the heat, groups from all over South Africa performed at the inter-cultural concert.

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