Former President Jacob Zuma has joined the multitudes of mourners from all walks of  life following the passing of renowned music legend and founder of Lady Smith Black Mambazo, Joseph Shabalala.

He passed on Tuesday in a Pretoria hospital after battling ill health for the past five years.

In a statement issued by Jacob Zuma Foundation, the former President hailed Shabalala for  his contribution in the liberation of the country and his influence in the music industry.

“Shabalala has contributed to the liberation of this country in the form of arts and other ways some might not know,we want to say he played a very pivotal role in the shaping of the music industry in this country in particular,”  read the statement.

Read the full statement below: