South Africa 19.5.2014 05:02 pm

No arrests for murder of Johnny Clegg’s vocalist

FILE PICTURE: Johnny Clegg performs at the tribute concert to Madiba on December 11, 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Gallo Images / Foto24 / Lulama Zenzile)

FILE PICTURE: Johnny Clegg performs at the tribute concert to Madiba on December 11, 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Gallo Images / Foto24 / Lulama Zenzile)

No arrests have been made in connection with the murder of Johnny Clegg’s backing vocalist, police said on Monday.

Police spokesperson Lt-Col Katlego Mogale confirmed that Bongani Masuku was shot several times and died during a robbery in Troyville, Johannesburg  on Saturday evening.

Mogale said that no arrests have been made and that the police are still in the early stages of the investigation.

Four men approached Masuku as he was parking his car and demanded a cellphone and his car keys at gun point. Mogale said the struggle ensued and one of the men shot him several times. The men then got into a minibus and sped off.

“The deceased then managed to drive himself to a nearby fire station where he collapsed and died.”

Police are investigating a case of murder.

On his wesbite Clegg said they were shocked and saddened by the news of Masuku’s death.

“It is with shock, anger and deep sadness that we mourn the violent killing last night (Saturday 17th May) of our beloved Bongani Masuku, our long standing and dedicated backing vocalist. We will miss him deeply and we extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and all who knew him.”

He described him as stalwart performer, a hardworking musician and a good friend.

Masuku began working with Clegg in 1992 and was a backing vocalist for Clegg until his passing.

 

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