AS painful as it was for friends, family and colleagues, it did not stop them from giving DJ Pencil a celebratory and entertaining send-off.
Team Pencil had mourners dancing and singing along.
Dancing around his coffin, they showed mourners that DJ Pencil was another hitmaker destined to join other late Tshwane-born music stars like DJ Sumbody and Vusi Ma R5, whose music and visuals would live on forever.
Scores of mourners said their final goodbyes to the Dj on Saturday, 18 March.
They gathered at Mbolekwa hall in Atteridgeville, west of Tshwane, for his final send-off.
The 40-year-old, whose real name was Samuel Moripe, died of Leukemia cancer last Friday.
He was known for his hit songs Suna Papa, Tshwara tshwara and Lefura.
His mother, Mpoele Moripe (65), told Daily Sun that DJ Pencil has had cancer for eight years.
“I am not well at all. I have lost a lot. My son and I were very close,” she said.
She said it pained her to see her son in pain.
He moved to his bedroom and was sleeping with me so that I can monitor him. I wasn’t sleeping, always checking up on him. Sometimes I would check if he is still alive,” the heartbroken mum said.
Family representative Angelina Latakgomo said it is painful for the family.
“We are all hurt as a family, and we must accept that it was time for him to leave this world, and it was God’s plan,” she said.
His best friend Lesego Setshedi said he loved God and church.
“He wasn’t ashamed to pray to God,” he said.
He said when they started seeing Dj Pencil on TV, he saw the power of God.
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is other friend Thabiso Mthimkulu said: “We will miss your love, guidance and support. It was unfair that your life had to end. You will always stay alive and smiling in our hearts.”
Friend and colleague Dj Moscow Mosa said Pencil believed in prayer.
“I remember when he got into an accident with his car, he called me and thanked me for prayers,” he said.
He said when Pencil got sick, he called and asked for prayers.
He was laid to rest at Lotus garden cemetery.
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