The family of late hip-hop star ProKid descended on the Joburg flat of his alleged side-chick Mandisa Mbanjwa on Monday to "collect his spirit," Sunday World reported.
In an interview with the paper last Sunday, Mandisa claimed that ProKid died at her apartment and that they were seeing each other for about a year.
ProKid’s family apparently went to Mandisa’s flat in Licence Hall in the Joburg CBD on Monday accompanied by a traditional healer where they performed rituals and "collected his spirit”.
Family spokesperson Phumza Nohashe confirmed the performance of rituals.
"Uku landa umoya (spirit) is a known African (Zulu) custom practice. Each family (clan) follows its own custom. The Mkhize and Vilakazi family did right by their beloved son. We ask again that we be given the space to mourn one of our own without media scrutiny," she said.
Vilakazi is the surname of Prokid’s mother.
In a statement released on Wednesday, ProKid's family revealed the results of a post-mortem.
"Doctors revealed that Linda suffered from hemosuccus pancreaticus which is bleeding in the pancreas, pancreatic duct or structures near the pancreas such as the splenic artery, that bleed into the pancreatic duct," read part of the statement.
Prokid, 37, real name Linda Mkhize, died last Wednesday at the apartment of Mandisa whom he had been dating since last year behind his wife Ayanda’s back.
The rapper's memorial service will take place on Thursday at the Newtown Music Factory from 14:00 to 18:00.
He will be buried at West Park Cemetery’s Heroes Acre on Sunday.
Some media reports suggest a drug overdose was to blame but preliminary post-mortem results revealed he died as a result of bleeding in the gastro-intestinal tract
“We are feeling so much better. It ended the speculations and the wrong statements in the media that he died because of drugs and alcohol abuse. They (results) proving that it was none of that,” his cousin Nhlanhla Mohlauli told Drum magazine.
He revealed that even though everyone is welcome to attend ProKid’s send-off, his alleged mistress is not welcome to attend the funeral which will take place on Sunday.
Reports that ProKid had an alleged affair with a woman for a year surfaced shortly after his sudden death was announced.
“Anyone who comes with love and wants to celebrate Linda’s life, can come to the funeral. We are black people, culturally we don’t send invites to the funeral. However, for her* the invite is not out,” Nhlanhla explained.
“Everyone had a relationship with Linda but you don’t see them going to the media to explain what their relationship was. A person like that is not a person who is coming with an open mind or who you can trust and be sure won’t cause any problems. We are asking her to give us some space.”
The hip-hop mega star Prokid (real name Linda Mkhize) died in the arms of his girlfriend, Mandisa Mbanjwa, whom he has been seeing for almost a year behind his wife’s back.
Celebgossip.co.za figured out that Prokid died almost an hour after having sex with Mandisa in her bedroom flat. Since he died shortly after the act, and Prokid's official wife could not find any used condoms when she stormed the bedroom, it was quickly believed that the cheating lovers had unprotected sex.