The Thabo Mbeki Foundation has conveyed their condolences to the Masuku family and lauded Mama Dorothy Masuku as a cultural worker, activist and an Esteemed Member of the Order of Ikhamanga.

Masuku passed away on Saturday night at the age of 83.

The foundation praised her as an icon of African culture, a consummate artist, composer and poet-songwriter who as a cultural worker and activist under Apartheid used her talent to advance social and political consciousness.

This earned her 31 years in exile.

“We should all, as South Africans, particularly young artists, reflect on the values Mrs Masuku espoused, better yet to realise the vision of the nation she contributed towards building,” says the foundation in a statement.

Mourners gathered at her home in Johannesburg to convey their condolences to her family.

Political parties have joined the music industry and country in mourning her death, describing it as a great loss to the country and the industry.

Congress of the People (COPE) says it shares the pain with the Masuku family and the industry. It says Masuku might be gone, but her music will live for ever.

The Democratic Alliance (DA), the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), United Democratic Movement and the African People’s Congress have also expressed their condolences to the Masuku family and the music industry.

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