Burial arrangements for ProKid (given name Linda Mkhize) is gathering momentum.
The hip hop star suffered a fatal seizure while visiting friends on Wednesday and passed away on Thursday last week.
His passing sent shock waves across South African and has provoked eulogies around the country, from artistes and ordinary citizens alike.
There have also been condolence visits to the family. Among the visitors was Nathi Mthethwa, the minister of arts and culture.
The family of the late singer is already in the middle of preparations for the funeral. Interestingly, the Gauteng government has offered to support the family in the burial of the late star.
Faith Mazibuko, Gauteng arts and culture MEC, made the disclosure on her visit to ProKid’s Jabulani, Soweto home, as reported by TshisaLIVE: “We will be celebrating life. He (ProKid) contributed. He was not just born, lived and died. We are here to assist. The family is in charge, we are here to close the gaps.”
She further stated that her department was working to secure a hall at the University of Johannesburg for the funeral service.
ProKid will be buried at Heroes Acre in Westpark Cemetery, Johannesburg, which is already playing host to other late stars, including Mandoza and Robbie Malinga.
Before then, a memorial service will hold on Thursday August 16 at Newtown Music Factory – the old Bassline, Johannesburg, a place where ProKid had performed in the past and wowed the crowds.
It would be a 4-hour funeral service, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Rapper AKA, who credited ProKid as being the sources of his first break as an artiste and producer, asked in a tweet that ProKid be given a state funeral.
Obviously, the government has that in mind already.
It would be difficult to say farewell to a son of Mzansi who is so much loved. But then that is life: we come, and then we go. Fare thee well, ProKid.