Watch: Eugene Mthethwa says he cannot beat about the bush after Mjokes’ passing.

Watch: Eugene Mthethwa says he cannot beat about the bush after Mjokes’ passing.

On Sunday, 23 May, the South African music fraternity suffered an enormous blow when it lost Trompies member, Emmanuel ‘Mjokes’ Matsane.

Mjokes was one among the five members of the legendary Kwaito group that gave Mzansi hit after hit within the late 90s and early 2000s. He was also the co-director at Kalawa Jazmee – a record label that has produced amazing talent.
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According to a press release by the record label, the musician lost his life during a car accident shortly after a performance with the group.

It is with regret and sadness to announce that our Kalawa Jazmee co-director and therefore the fifth member of Trompies, Emmanuel Mojalefa Matsane popularly referred to as Mjokes gave up the ghost during a car accident. The accident happened within the early hours of this morning after their performance with Trompies.

” All we are left with is your legacy and it shall live on! Allow us to reflect on such beautiful memories that made the planet dance,” the Kalawa Jazmee statement read.

As messages of condolences and tributes started pouring in, news outlets interviewed group members and fellow label mates who spoke fondly about the late musician.

In a clip by Newzroom Afrika on Twitter, fellow member Eugene Mthethwa paid tribute to his friend and colleague.

Mthethwa explained the pain of checking out on social media that his friend was no more, adding that initially he thought it had been a hoax.

“As you’d know that this stuff , they are available as a shock and unfortunately we get to understand about such things through social media. I got woken up this morning by somebody who was saying “RIP Mjokes” on social media, and that i thought they were joking. I then called his phone and unfortunately his phone was unanswered, until I called his wife and therefore the wife confirmed that indeed Mjokes is not any more. So, it is a sad day for us, after such a performance…” Mthethwa said.

Mthethwa described the late artist as a pacesetter who was gifted, especially when the group needed a lead singer when recording a number of their hits including ‘Sweety Lavo’. He added that there was never a dull moment when Mjokes around because he was a really funny person, hence his nickname.

An emotional Mthethwa also revealed that one among the causes of the accident that took Mjokes’ life was drunk driving. He explained that he had reprimanded a number of the members who were drunk the night before once they were performing in Meadowlands.

“One of the items that caused the accident is drinking and driving, i’m not getting to cast about the bush.

“And i used to be very angry yesterday once I was lecture them to mention “look guys, we are performing in Meadowlands and that we honour people from Meadowlands. we’d like to offer them the simplest performance. we will not be drunk. you cannot be drunk the way you’re , infact you cannot be drinking this much once we are still happening stage. We always respect our fans. this is often not the Trompies that i do know .” i used to be so angry yesterday that I even left before the event closed its doors because i used to be so angry even after the performance.

“This thing of drinking and driving it’s a drag and it’s removed one among our members,” Mthethwa said.

Watch the clip below.