Details are emerging, shedding light on the heartbreaking moment when Gogo Mathambo, the host of Moja Love’s Fake Gobela, died on 21 November 2023 following a brief illness.
Moja Love, in a statement, shared the news:
“Gogo Mathambo, the presenter of Fake Gobela, passed away this morning after a short illness. Gogo Mathambo displayed a courageous spirit in exposing fake sangomas and gobelas and the injustices happening in that space.”
Family Pays Tribute
Gogo Mathambo’s family paid heartfelt tribute to him after his untimely passing. His eldest brother, Xolile Gaju, shared memories with Zimoja:
“He was a happy person, who loved making jokes and seeing everyone happy. From a young age, he loved the limelight. His dream was to be on TV and he fulfilled it. Before joining Moja Love, he worked at eMalahleni Radio station in Mpumalanga for about six months. Even now, the station hosted a tribute show for him. Before that, he was self-employed and was an entrepreneur.”
Details of the Tragic Moment when Gogo Mathambo died
Xolile also disclosed the circumstances of Gogo Mathambo’s death and the events leading up to it:
“We would have buried him on his birthday, but he planned things before his passing. On the Saturday before his death, he expressed a longing for our grandmother in Nelspruit and went to visit her. He planned to be back on Tuesday.
On Sunday, he made one of his ‘serious jokes’ to the elders, stating that when he dies, he wants to be buried at 8 AM, and his service should start at 5 AM. He asked to be buried with our grannies in Kwa-Ndebele. He never explained why and said all of this jokingly.
While visiting our grandmother, he complained about a fever on Saturday, which he got after a cleansing he had done with a client at the river. My brother was the kind of person who, when he had flu, would be fragile. Ebesaba amakhaza.
When he arrived at our granny’s place, he had a cough but it was nothing that would make him go to the hospital and see a doctor. But on Monday, our granny said he was slightly weak, but nothing serious. On the morning of his death, Magogo says she found him already cold, in bed.
She would hear him cough at night but that night, he was quiet, and when she went to check up on him in the morning, she found him cold and was suspicious. She phoned a friend, who is a nurse, and when she arrived, she called paramedics who confirmed that he had died.”