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Drama at Deborah Fraser’s memorial service

There was drama at Deborah Fraser memorial on Thursday afternoon when arts activists lashed out at the government for neglecting artists.

Fraser’s memorial was held at House of Treasures Ministries in Alberton, Gauteng.

Advocate Ike Khumalo who gave his speech just before Vuyani Mpofu, the head of the Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, could speak and gave government a piece of his mind.

Khumalo slammed the government for its failure to support artists and other creatives but always would send its representatives to come to memorial services after artists have died.

Using strong language, Khumalo said Fraser never got the support she deserved.

“I can never sit here and pretend that it is normal. This government has disrespected Fraser. Sis’ Debs was a big star and the department was never there for her. She was fighting alone.”

After the drama, music legend Sello “Chicco” Twala also called for the industry to come up with a medical aid scheme for artists.

According to Twala, Fraser contributed a lot to the local music industry and did not deserve to die in a public hospital.

Fraser died at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital in Diepkloof, Soweto, on Sunday at the age of 56.

A few days before her death, a Tiktok video of the legendary singer performing in a wheelchair went viral on social media.

The undated video sparked social media speculations that the singer might have been acting during the performance, with others claiming she was suffering from a grave illness.

She then decided to open that she was sick and could not walk.

Dr Fraser had been suffering from diabetes for years. She revealed that this is where all the problems came from.

Dr Fraser was Hospitalised from February to March this year after she started vomiting uncontrollably.

She then requested for prayers and she was hopeful that will recover.

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Siyabonga Shibe

But Siyabonga has denied the claims. “These accusations are pissing me off. I’ve never used drugs in my life. In fact, I always warn the youth not to engage in drugs,” he said. Learn More

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