Zinhle Khumalo
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7 Feb 2015
8:24 pm

Simba Mhere laid to rest

Zinhle Khumalo

Simba Mhere’s fans from all walks of life came out in numbers to bid the “half-man, half-amazing” Mhere farewell at his funeral today.

Portrait of late Top Billing Presenter, Simba Mhere's at his memorial service which was held at the Rhema Church in Randburg. Mhere was laid to rest today. Picture: Nigel Sibanda.

“Family was everything to Simba,” said programme director, actor, model and TV presenter MasegoMaponyane.

Speakers describe Mhere as a man with a purpose, amazing and down-to-earth.

Levinia Naidoo, a friend, described Mhere as a family man, and told his family he did whatever he did so that they could be “happy” and “comfortable”.

“You are not half-man, half-amazing to me. You are the ultimate man and more than amazing,” she said.

Mhere’s Top Billing co-presenter and friend, Jonathan Boynton-Lee, could not hold his tears as he broke down several times.

“I used the last bit of energy I had at the memorial service to speak,” he said.

Boynton-Lee and Mhere were planning to start a business together before he died.

Mhere died in car crash last week Saturday on William Nicol drive in Sandton, on his way to the OR Tambo International Airport.

Maponyane said he spent a fraction of his short time doing what others will spend a life-time searching for.

An audio visual depicting Mhere’s journey lightened the room as it brought smiles and laughter when his fans and family watched his four-year life on Top Billing.

His sister, Valerie Mhere, said she wished the video showed more pictures of her brother and his family.

Valerie said he told her: “I want you to have all the things I couldn’t have”.

Mhere was buried at West Park Cemetery in Johannesburg on Saturday, with the unveiling of the tombstone erected on the same day.

Mourners were comforted by Siphokazi, who sang songs of hymns and praise at the cemetery.