Tshwane University of Technology Arts Campus in Tshwane held a memorial service for late Gomora actor Siyabonga Zubane, who studied at the university from 2018 to 2020 and majored in dance.
Different speakers including family members, friends, students, and teachers described Siyabonga as a loving person and talented individual.
Siyabonga’s brother, Thabiso Zubane (30), said they are heartbroken.
“We are in pain, it’s hard to believe that he is no more,” he said.
Thabiso said he will remember his brother forever, especially when he used the Zulu word “Asbonge” a lot whenever they spoke.
“My brother loved people more than himself,” he said.
Siyabonga’s uncle, Nkululeko Zubane (34), said: “Siyabonga loved the entertainment industry and wanted to bring new things in the industry. We discovered his talent at the age of 10 when he was doing modelling, being inspired by his brother Thabiso who was also doing modelling.
Siyabonga’s publicist Sibusiso Mthiya added that they lost a rising star and an amazing actor who was a hard worker.
“I overheard my helper speaking to her friend about the sad news. I was in great shock and at the same time he was at peace especially because of what he went through,” he said.
Siyabonga’s dance friend at TUT Arts Campus, Nayothirum Maluleka (27) said: “This is painful and to witness him leaving us like this is something we never thought of.”
Nayothirum said Siyabonga was avery determined person.
“He was always thinking about other people, he was making everyone happy even though he didn’t have everything, but he cared for others.
“He was a very multi-talented dancer and actor at this school. He was a complete artist. He will always be my best friend. May his soul rest in peace,” he said.
Siyabonga’s lecturer Jeannette Ziady said: “A hardworking, warm, friendly and humble leader. He was always uplifting others. He was a brilliant student and good dancer.”
She said she will remember Siyabonga for his smile and his good work ethic.
His former teacher at Jiyana Secondary School in Tembisa, Mathaphelo Masombuka, said: “We have lost a great child with a lot of talent. It’s hard to believe we will never see him again.”
Siyabonga died on Saturday, 7 May. He will be buried on Sunday at Waterfall Cemetery in Midrand, Joburg.
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