‘Lundi Tyamara will be remembered for his passion & drive to succeed’

His cousin Nokuzola Ndyamara says Tyamara will be remembered for his passion and drive to succeed.

Minister for Women in the Presidency Susan Shabangu and Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa were among those that attended Lundi Tyamara's funeral in Worcester on 5 February 2017. Picture: Kevin Brandt/EWN

CAPE TOWN – Family members of the late gospel star Lundi Tyamara say they would like South Africans to draw from his success.

Fans are gathered at the Zwelethemba Stadium in Worcester for his funeral.

Tyamara lost his battle against abdominal tuberculosis and liver complications last month.

A large crowd is gathered in front of the stadium where artists are paying tribute to Tyamara.

His cousin Nokuzola Ndyamara says Tyamara will be remembered for his passion and drive to succeed.

Delegates in attendance include Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa and Minister for Women in the Presidency Susan Shabangu.

Mthetwa has used the Tyamara’s to urge the youth of South Africa to lead healthy lifestyles.

He says Tyamara’s untimely death should sound the alarm to the country’s health challenges.

“Lundi touched our lives in different ways. The tears we share and the sense of self-helplessness we feel are a direct sign of the void his untimely passing has left in our lives. The prevalent challenges in our country affects all of us in different ways and therefore none of us can rest easy when such difficulties visit one of us.”