Mandoza reportedly waited three hours for an ambulance to pick him up from his home, but it never came, the late Kwaito star’s manager Kevin Ntaopane said during a radio interview yesterday.
Speaking on SAFM, Ntaopane said Mandoza, whose real name was Mduduzi Tshabalala, “died in his arms” minutes before arriving at the hospital after the long wait.
The Nkalakatha hit maker died around midday on Sunday.
Mandoza had been battling cancer for about a year and had developed a brain tumour, which affected his sight.
Ntaopane says when the singer’s wife Mpho called him, they had already been waiting “since the morning” for the ambulance.
He rushed to the musician’s family home, loaded the sick star into his car, and sped off to the hospital.
“We were three minutes away from the hospital and he passed away. But we fought, we almost caused an accident trying to get him to the hospital,” said an emotional Ntaopane.
Assisted onto the stage by friends and family, Mandoza somehow managed to perform at an SABC concert two weeks ago. Sadly, it was to be his last public appearance.