Tshabalala, 32, was allegedly killed by her boyfriend, popular Jozi FM DJ Donald Sebolai.
More than a hundred people, including family members, friends and colleagues yesterday gathered at Wits University to pay their respect to Tshabalala who had been working there for the past 12 years.
“She was the last person I would have expected this to happen to,” said a colleague. Another colleague said she was like a daughter to her.
She was described as a loving and kind person. Tshabalala’s husband, child and mother were present at the memorial service.
At the same time Tshabalala’s family and colleagues were paying their respects, a prayer meeting was held at a community hall in Soweto, organised by Jozi FM.
The station’s CEO Mpho Mhlongo said they had called the meeting to pray for the radio station, for all the families involved and Sebolai. Sebolai’s mother was present at the gathering and at times she could not contain her emotions and wept loudly.
Mhlongo said: “We just want the truth, If he did anything wrong then he must face the concequences.”
One of Sebolai’s fans Nhlanhla Mthiane said she was HIV positive and Sebolai’s Radio show had helped her through some of her worst days. “I just want to tell him not to do anything stupid,” she said with a choked voice.
Police have been looking for Sebolai since Sunday. Witnesses alerted the police that they saw him in Rustenburg. Police are following the leads.