By A Correspondent- An estimated 5 000 people packed into the Amphitheatre in Bulawayo on Sunday to bid farewell to music star Cal_Vin, who was killed in a hit and run car accident on October 25.
The 34-year-old rapper, real name Calvin Mgcini Nhliziyo, was laid to rest at Lady Stanley Cemetery.
Speaking at a funeral service before the burial, Bulawayo mayor Solomon Mguni said it was a pity that famous artists die poor without leaving anything for their children. He said:
What have our artistes benefited from the music that they shared in their lifetime? It’s a wakeup call to all of us that we should appreciate artistes when they are alive.
It’s a pity when I look at Cal Vin’s life that he was still living at home.
As a city, we’ve failed to honour or give respect to our artistes by at least giving them a stand so that they are able to leave something for their children.
Cal_Vin was run over by a car on his way home from Cricket Club in Emakhandeni suburb where he watched a football match on the night of October 25.
He was with his girlfriend and two others when a white Mazda Familia with no number plates knocked him slightly off balance.
Witnesses said in a fit of rage, the singer jumped on the vehicle’s bonnet demanding that the driver stops.
However, the car appeared to pick up speed before the driver applied an emergency brake, throwing the singer off the vehicle before running him over.
Police on Friday announced that they had arrested 28-year-old Wilfred Mafuka, who handed himself in over the hit-and-run killing of the singer.