During Zahara’s memorial service at Rhema Bible Church, South African media persona Somizi Mhlongo delivered a poignant eulogy and expressed his heartfelt apologies for a joke he had made at her expense throughout the South African Music Awards (SAMAs).
Somizi took a second to mirror on his first encounter with Zahara and acknowledged the joke he had beforehand made about her alcohol consumption throughout the SAMAs in 2017. At the occasion, whereas internet hosting, he humorously remarked, “We are almost at the end of the show, and there’s an amazing after party, free bar… where is Zahara? She’s probably at the bar already,” which elicited laughter from the viewers.
However, Somizi’s joke on the SAMAs resulted in Zahara submitting a lawsuit towards him for defamation of character. At Zahara’s memorial service, Somizi stood earlier than the mourners and overtly admitted that his joke was inappropriate and prompted damage to Zahara. He took full duty for being one of many people who contributed to Zahara’s ache throughout her lifetime.
Somizi expressed his regret, stating, “I have learned my lesson… I made the mistake of assuming it was just a joke. But in reality, we don’t realize how much our words can hurt others, and I later came to understand the pain I caused Zahara.”
Furthermore, Somizi criticized the leisure business for its failure to assist Zahara throughout her instances of want. He known as for an apology from each the business as an entire and from himself as a good friend and colleague. Somizi expressed remorse that after they had the prospect to present help, they as a substitute centered on their very own lives, neglecting Zahara’s struggles.
“As an industry, as friends, we owe her an apology… I am one of the people who owes her an apology… When we could have offered our help, we were self-absorbed, laughing at her expense,” Somizi Mhlongo passionately expressed.
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