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Family of slain musician speaks out

Bongani Masuku, who worked with Jonny Clegg for 22 years, was killed in Troyeville.

Jonny Clegg’s longstanding backing vocalist, Bongani Masuku, was shot dead in Troyeville on Saturday. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - The family of Jonny Clegg's longstanding backing vocalist, Bongani Masuku, on Monday said they are still in shock after he was killed in an apparent botched hijacking at the weekend.

The 50-year-old, who worked with Clegg for 22 years, was killed in Troyeville, Johannesburg.

Four men approached his vehicle on Princes Street on Saturday night, leading to a struggle in which Masuku was shot several times.

The incident occurred metres away from David Webster Park.

Masuku died moments later after managing to drive himself to a nearby fire station.

Speaking to Eyewitness News, his family said they are deeply saddened and angered by his violent death.

"We don't know why - only God knows what happened. It's going to take long for us to heal from the wounds that we're currently having," says his step-daughter, who did not want to be named.

"He was not a violent person," she adds. "He never fought with anyone. He was a very good person."

Clegg's manager Roddy Quin described Masuku as a warm, gentle and kind person.

In a Facebook post, Clegg described Masuku as a stalwart performer and a good friend.

Clegg was too emotional to speak to the media himself.

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