South Africa’s favourite musical family and reality TV stars, the Bala family, announced the passing of their stepfather, uSebenzile Jafta. Mzansi Magic’s beloved family and stars of reality show The Bala Family, confirmed the news when Zwai released a statement.
According to musician and ex-TKZee member Zwai, Mr Jafta drew his last breath in the early hours of Saturday morning, February 10.
Early hours of Saturday morning
“As the Bala family, it is with a heavy heart to announce the untimely passing of our father uSebenzile Jafta early this morning on the 10th. Tata Jafta was rushed to hospital on Thursday night. And while we had high hopes that he would be back with us soon, unfortunately it was not to be. As amaVala, amaZangwa and maNgwevu (Bala clan names), we would like to say ‘may his beautiful soul rest in peace’.
“We will cherish the moments we spent with him.”
Zwai is the eldest of the singing brothers Loyiso and Phelo, and sister Pinky.
Popular reality show
On the reality show The Bala Family, the siblings share their challenges without flinching. In one memorable episode featuring Mr Jafta, mother Veronica’s children didn’t approve her decision to marry her late husband’s friend.
Mr Bala senior passed away in 1988. Things got complicated when “Mama V”, as she is known on the show, did not tell her children that she was getting married. They do not even know if lobola was paid, and if it was, to whom.
To make matters even more complicated, Mama V lives at her mother’s house with her new husband. This means her siblings and their children cannot just drop by whenever they feel like it because it is not really their “home” anymore.
Bared all family dynamics and challenges
On the show, the children lambast their mother. They say she never puts them first in her life, but she is always living her best life. “But her decisions affect us too,” they said.
Despite the drama and noise, Mr Jafta made a good impression with Mzansi, who loved and appreciated his humour. The show proved to be a hit among viewers. At some point it shot to the top of trending charts.
Condolences pouring in
Well known personalities offered words of condolences to the Bala and Jafta families. Gospel singer Batusile Mcinga said: “Rest well Mnto Mdala. Heartfelt condolences to Bala and Jafta families.”
Former top professional football referee Buyile Gqubule said: “May his soul rest in peace.”