ANC: Tsekeleke Helped Young People Embrace Themselves In All Their Diversity

"The ANC sends its heartfelt condolences to his family, his Kalawa Jazmee family and the music industry at large." 

03/08/2017 08:57 SAST | Updated 03/08/2017 08:57 SAST

The ANC has expressed sadness over the passing of Kwaito singer Anthony "Tsekeleke" Motaung who succumbed to diabetes on Tuesday night.

In a statement, the party's spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa described Motaung as an inimitable entertainer with a larger than life personality.

Kodwa said: "Tsekeleke formed part of the luminaries of the Kwaito generation, bursting into the scene with his hit song "Fatty Boom Boom". This song was a celebration and acceptance of his frame with all its societally imposed imperfections, speaking to millions of youth of the time struggling with self-identity and peer pressures issues. It sent a strong and much-needed message to young people embrace themselves in all their diversity."

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The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) took to Twitter to pay tribute to Motaung:

Motaung died at a Vosloorus hospital following a battle with diabetes.