It is with a heavy heart that we share that Soweto Gospel Choir member Isaac Molefe (aka DJ) has passed.
More info about what happened is in the article below.
What a tragic tragedy. I would like to extend my deepest condolences and prayers to DJ’s family and friends.
Also, to the entire Soweto Gospel Choir family. I am sure that the Choir’s performance tonight at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 World Expo will be in remembrance and honour of him.
Soweto Gospel Choir member gunned down
By Botho Molosankwe
Just hours before he was due to leave to perform in China, a member of the Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir lay in a pool of blood after being shot multiple times.
Isaac Molefe, whose choir had clinched an International Achievement Award at the SA Music Awards at Sun City a week earlier, died in his partner’s arms in Dobsonville.
On Thursday, his distraught partner of 10 years spoke of the 33-year-old singer’s last moments.
Nokuthula Ncala was with him on Saturday night at a pub in Dobsonville where he was the DJ.
At around 3am they decided to go home because Molefe had to leave for the airport at 11am to catch a 2pm plane to Shanghai.
Ncala said they were in a friend’s car, about to head home, when Molefe asked that the car be stopped as he had forgotten his headphones inside the pub.
“He jumped out and I followed him. Then the driver saw the headphones in the car and shouted at him to let him know, but it was already too late.
“A guy appeared from nowhere and started shooting at him.
“As I ran after him, I shouted ‘Saki woza (Saki – his pet name – come back)’, but after the first bullet, he fell down. The shooter did not say a word. It seemed as if he just came for him.
“He died at the scene,” 28-year-old Ncala said.
Molefe began his career as a musician with Barorisi ba Morena choir, where he met Ncala. In 2008 he joined the Soweto Gospel Choir as a bass singer.
Ncala said Molefe was so looking forward to the trip that he could not stop talking about it.
His family are distraught, and his sister Nanikie said this was a tragic loss for them.
“We are very hurt. He used to help at home a lot. Whenever he returned from his overseas tours he would do things for us at home. Right now he was building a carport,” she said.
“My father is battling to come to terms with what happened and we are thinking of taking him for counselling,” Nanikie said.
Speaking from China, Beverly Bryer, the choir’s executive producer and director, said they were shocked and devastated by Molefe’s senseless and violent death.
“He was one of the Soweto Gospel Choir family, and it’s like losing a brother and a son.”
Molefe was born and raised in White City and was living in Emndeni Extension at the time of his death.
He leaves his father, two brothers and a sister, as well as Ncala and their three-year-old daughter.
He will be buried at the Lenasia Cemetery on Saturday.