Johnny Clegg’s death has sent shockwaves around the country after it was confirmed in news and media headlines on Tuesday evening
Tributes have been pouring in from around the country for late musician, Johnny Clegg who died at the age of 66 following a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer. The Juluka and Savuka frontman was widely revered as one of South Africa’s most influential musicians and his career spanned a number of decades from the apartheid era well into the dawn of South Africa’s democracy. However, on Tuesday evening we learned that Johnny Clegg was no more when news of his death reverberated across the country.
Johnny’s manager, Roddy Quin, spoke to the media in the hours after his passing and although he cut a distraught figure, he was on hand to share a few key details about his late client’s death. Quin said that the singer had been battling pancreatic cancer for over five years but was proud to admit that Clegg was strong until his last breath.
“He fought it till the last second”
Speaking to Tshisa Live, Quin explained, “The last few weeks have been very tough for him. He has been very strong. He fought it till the last second.” Quin also added to the publication that Johnny was surrounded by his family at the time that he died, before adding that nothing mattered more than family to Johnny Clegg.
Communities and fans from around the world have been sharing their condolences, including media publications and celebrities from the UK, USA, Australia and of course, many of those here in South Africa.
South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa took a moment to pay tribute to the fallen hero via the South African governmental Twitter account:
President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed his heartfelt sadness at the passing in recent days of anti-apartheid cultural activists, performers and National Order of Ikhamanga recipients Jonathan “Johnny” Clegg and Mama Nomhle Nkonyeni. https://t.co/BtvBlast2V
— South African Government (@GovernmentZA) July 17, 2019
We now await the details for Johnny Clegg’s memorial service and funeral in the coming days.
Sizwe Dhlomo has suggested that Johnny receive a state funeral although this has yet to be confirmed as a possibility.
What was your favourite Johnny Clegg song of all time?