South Africans take to social media to send tributes for late Sibongile Khumalo

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South Africans have taken to social media to send tributes following the passing of music maestro Sibongile Khumalo. Her family confirmed that she suffered complications due to stroke. The Order of Ikhamanga recipient died in hospital at the age of 63.

#RIPSibonglieKhumalo is currently trending on Twitter with South Africans sending messages of comfort to her family.

President Cyril Ramaphosa says the country has been robbed of an icon.   “This is a moment of great sadness for all of us who were mesmerised and moved by the power, sensuality, and improvisation of Sibongile Khumalo’s unique voice.”

He says Khumalo was a voice of advocacy for the performing arts. “Not only was she an unmistakable voice on concert stages around our country and the world, but she was a voice of advocacy for the performing arts, for the rights and place of women in our society, and for human rights at large.”

Tributes from fellow artists 

Fellow musician Sipho Hotstix Mabuse says he is gutted. “My dear Sibongile, I am hurting. I have no words, an absolute icon. Rest in Peace.”

Khumalo, a BA in Music holder spent some of the days as a music teacher, administrator, and researcher for independent institutions. She has mentored musicians such as Loyiso Bala.

“I don’t even know where to start. You were my mentor, my mom, my teacher, my friend. So many moments that contributed to who I am today. Thank you for your service. Thank you for being amazing,” said Bala in a Tweet.

She has performed on different stages, locally and internationally.  Actor Sello Maake shared a picture where he shared a stage with Khumalo with the caption,” I remember this day like it was just yesterday, what a talent you were and it’s so sad that we now have to use your talent in the past tense!


Khumalo’s death comes days after another musician Jonas Gwangwa died.  Some are not coping with the recent deaths.