It’s been three days since the country was rocked by the passing of Amapiano artists Mpura, Killer Kau and up-coming artist Khanya Hadebe, along with three other people. They were involved in a fatal car accident on the N4, whilst on their way to a gig in Rustenburg.
Tributes continue to pour in and people closest to them are still in disbelief.
Nna Ke Bona masipa grand sharp.
Di ntwana tsaka kaofela at the same time! Anever !!!
— Abuti wadi Operations 🚀 (@MrJazziQ) August 11, 2021
The inaugural Amapiano Awards are looking to assist the families of the late stars, in order for them to have a decent send off. In a statement sent to a local publication, the Amapiano Awards organization is looking to do more for the artists in the fast-growing genre.
They have committed themselves to working with various companies so the artists receive funeral cover as well as disability benefits. In addition to that the publication reports that they will be receiving travel benefits so they arrive at their respective gigs safely.
“In paying tribute to the two heroes (Killer Kau and Mpura) that have contributed immensely within the entertainment industry and as part of our efforts to promote and preserve the rich legacy that they crafted, Amapiano Awards are in conversations with financial services companies to create a facility that will assist in ensuring that our artists receive funeral cover and disability benefits,” the statement reads as quoted by a local publication.
This is a great initiative looking at how the artists died doing what they loved and enjoyed. There has been a lot of hearsay from people who assume that all, if not some were intoxicated whilst on the road. This is an assumption that has not been concluded by the police who have opened an investigation on the deaths.
“The department of community safety, roads and transport has confirmed the accident that claimed six lives on the N4. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the deceased and we hope they find strength during this difficult period. An investigation is underway to establish the cause of the accident. We are again appealing to people to adhere to the regulations as most accidents happen way past curfew time. Work with our law enforcement officials to ensure you arrive alive,” a local publication quoted the police statement.
This initiative by the Awards is a great one as the artists can travel safely to their gigs and then back home.
Founder of the awards, Famida ‘Faye’ Omar told the publication that this is a way to allow the families to grieve without having to worry about the financial costs of planning a funeral.
She even added that international stars are given special treatment when travelling as they have drivers and people who do stuff for them. Local artists, no matter how tired they are, have to commute themselves to these gigs.
“Artists go to places and try to do gigs, and then they are fatigued … We give international celebrities so much leeway but our South African artists we treat with no leeway and dignity.”
In other news – Killer Kau’s girlfriend finally breaks her silence with touching tribute
The mood around Mzansi has been a sombre one following the deaths of Amapiano stars Killer Kau, Mpura, Khanya Hadebe and three others who have not been identified.
Killer Kau’s girlfriend, Olwethu Mkhwanazi has broken her silence since losing her partner over the weekend to that horrific accident which police are still investigating. Yesterday, Olwethu shared a tribute to her partners that has left everyone heartbroken. Learn More