‘I lost you but you still live inside me’ – V-Mash’s son pays tribute to the late star

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The late Vinolia Mashego remembered by her son.
The late Vinolia Mashego remembered by her son.
ER Lombard

She always seemed larger than life. Her popular tag line 'iyhoo bangane iyhoo' and her bubbly personality made her unforgettable.

It has been a year since the death of the vibrant Vinolia Mashego. The former Generations actress and Jam Alley presenter died in her sleep in Mamelodi, Pretoria in April 2020. She was 56.

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Oratile Mashego and his mother Vinolia Mashego during a magazine shoot.

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Her son, Oratile Mashego (21) recently wrote a heart-warming post on dealing with the passing of his mother.

“A bad dream I'm never ever gonna wake up from,” he wrote on Instagram.

Oratile is Vinolia’s only child. He says no one loved, cared, sacrificed, prayed for, protected, and shaped him like his mother did.

Vinolia was seen as the ‘original IT girl’. She gained popularity with Jam Alley in the 90s and then spent years off the spotlight.

In 2019, she secured a role on the SABC 2 telenovela, Giyani: Land of Blood.

Soon after, she was presenting a show on Moja Love, Bheka Sikubambile. 

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Her son was inspired by her.


“I won't ever stop celebrating your power, courage, talent, strength, drive and determination, what you did for this industry and how you inspired a lot of us. I'm trying my best to pick where you left off and I hope you're proud of me,” he continued.

Oratile is slowly carving his way into the entertainment industry. He's busy with funny skits on his Instagram.

In 2020, he told Move! that he has always been careful about how he wants to introduce himself in the industry because he didn’t want to live under his mother’s shadow.  

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