Thami Shobede’s friend on his last years: ‘He was a breadwinner, taking care of his sister and mother’
Thami Shobede (PHOTO:GETTY/GALLO IMAGES)
Friends and family of deceased Idols SA runner up Thami Shobede
bid farewell to him at a memorial held for him on Wednesday afternoon in Johannesburg.
Although the memorial was a beautiful one, attended by all
those who loved the 31-year-old star, it was also where the dark times Thami
went through during the last years of his life, came to light.
Thami died at Kalafong Hospital in Pretoria last week after
he was admitted following a short illness.
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His best friend Themba Humana revealed how Thami constantly
struggled to make ends meet as an artist and had to be the breadwinner at home
for his mother and little sister.
Themba explained that the last time he spoke to Thami was
last week Monday, when he went to visit him in hospital. He also shared that
Thami expressed that he has seen the flowers brought for him by those who love
him and that he is grateful.
“When we went again to see him on Tuesday, we saw the
changes, we saw that he was very weak,” he said.
“Truth be told, when people asked me what happened to Thami,
I did not answer. We need to speak; we need to talk about it. He was a
breadwinner, taking care of his sister and his mother,” he said during his
“We called Gallo to say he is in hospital, but they never
responded to us. Gallo was not there for a Thami. He had a contract with Gallo.
He wanted to get out of the contract. All his gigs came from his friends and
Gallo still demanded a percentage,” he claimed.
He further claimed that Thami never received royalties from
“Thami never got anything from his royalties. His mom and
sisters need a home. We requested a meeting with them. The career that was
supposed to give Thami money is the same that took his life.”
Although allegations against the record label were made, Gallo
Representative, Carol Morabe still took to the stage and made a tribute to the
“Now that Thami is gone radio stations want to play his
music when they could not play it when he was alive. We will remember Thami for
his infectious smile,” she said.
Fans of Thami also took to their social media accounts to
express their sadness that the artist did not get the stardom he deserved
following his time on Idols SA.