‘It’s like my hand has been ripped off’: DJ Mashata’s mum says he was her only child

Rebecca Mabuse, the grieving mother of the late DJ and MC, Peter “Mashata” Mabuse, is reeling from the devastating loss of her only child and is calling for justice following his brutal murder in Soshanguve on Sunday.

DJ Mashata, a well-known figure in the entertainment scene and the stadium announcer for Mamelodi Sundowns, was tragically gunned down in a hail of bullets while returning from a gig at Epozini Lifestyle in the township. The 46-year-old’s untimely death has left his family and community in shock and mourning.

Colonel Noxolo Kweza, spokesperson for the Gauteng police, confirmed Mashata’s murder, revealing that both murder and attempted murder cases have been opened in connection with the incident. The shooting occurred as Mashata and another individual were driving near Tshwane University of Technology, and the motive behind the attack remains unclear.

During a visit from SABC News and Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi to offer their condolences, Rebecca Mabuse expressed her profound anguish over the loss of her son. She described the pain of his absence as akin to having a part of herself torn away, emphasizing that Mashata was her only child.

Mabuse’s grief is compounded by her frustration with the perceived shortcomings of law enforcement. She lamented the prevalence of crime in society and called on both the government and community members to actively support the police in their efforts to combat crime. Mabuse criticized those who tip off criminals, hindering police investigations and perpetuating a cycle of violence and impunity.

Amidst her sorrow, Mabuse is adamant that her son’s death must not be in vain. She implores authorities to ensure that justice is served, urging tangible action rather than mere symbolic gestures of sympathy.

As the investigation into Mashata’s murder intensifies, the community grapples with grief and outrage, while his family mourns the irreplaceable loss of a beloved son, friend, and colleague.

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