The family of the deceased Xitsonga traditional music pioneer, Samson Mthombeni, says they’ll abide by the lockdown regulations when holding the funeral service.

The regulations prohibit gatherings of more than 50 people. This in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Mthombeni passed away at the age of 75 at Nwaxinyamani village outside Giyani in Limpopo on Sunday.

The daughter of the deceased, Constonia Mthombeni, says they would have loved many people to attend as Mthombeni was an icon.

“People have to appreciate that things won’t be the same they’ll have to give each other a chance to attend. People who were working with my father they’ll have to be given a chance to come. We’ll have to divide people by 50. We already have sanitizers, we have some sanitizers inside the house, there will be people at the gate to help people to wash the hands.”