Mathawe Matsapola Mshoza’s best friend talks about her at her funeral
Mshoza’s close friends gave fans a glimpse into the lady she was faraway from the spotlight through heartfelt speeches at a memorial service in her honor in Newtown, Johannesburg, on Thursday.
The Kortes hitmaker died last Thursday of complications associated with diabetes, aged 37.
Drum journalist and shut friend Mathawe Matsapola explained that she had met the star as a young journalist starting call at the industry. a search for a story allowed their paths to cross and that they quickly realized that they had “clicked,” forging a friendship.
Mathew explained how she got an opportunity to understand Nomasonto (Mshoza’s real name), the lady behind the superstar.
“When I received a call within the middle of the night from Santo, I knew that kushubile … I need to just awaken and answer her call. we might speak and that we would pray together over the phone when she was in several hospitals … When she awakened I might be there to wish together with her .”
Mathew praised Mshoza for not being fake, allowing herself to be vulnerable together with her feelings, and for living “her life for herself first”.
“I remember this just one occasion in December 2017, she called me within the middle of the night — I used to be range in Limpopo — she called me and she or he was crying, she wasn’t OK … She said to me “Thawes, once I die, please always remind my children that I really like them.” and she or he did, she loved them,” a somber Mathew said.
Another journalist, who was also an in-depth friend of the hitmaker, Ntombi, explained that she met Mshoza in 2011 and that they hit it off immediately.
Ntombi said Mshoza had a love-hate relationship with the media but also revealed that the kwaito star had leaked her own stories — despite advice to not — several times.
“Yes, I’m a journalist but I used to be a really close friend of Sonto’s. I heard people say that the show business betrayed Santo but the one thing they don’t know is that Santo actually leaked most of her stories to the media. Sometimes, as a lover, I might say, ‘No my friend, this is often getting to destroy you and she or he would laugh it off and call Mathawe,” she said.
Ntombi said she had lost a sister and someone from whom she learned tons.
“Santo lived her life to the fullest, was larger than life and a gambler. And, when she loved you, she loved you fully,” she said.