FAMILY and close friends of Trompies member Emmanuel “Mjokes” Matsane paid tribute to him at a memorial service on Thursday, 27 May.

The service, held at the Newtown Music Factory in Joburg, was organised by Universal Music and Kalawa Jazmee, where he was a company director.

The 55-year-old died in a car crash in the early hours of Sunday morning. The funeral service will on Saturday 29 May, and he’ll be laid to rest at Westpark Cemetery.

Mjokes’ close friend Tshepo Motshukudu described him as a family man.

“I can speak about Mjokes the whole day. He was a great family man and loved his kids dearly.”

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Friend and musician Thebe Mogane said they had lost a compassionate, funny and loving man.

“I don’t remember him arguing or fighting. In most situations he would distance himself or be the voice of reason.”

After news of Mjokes’ death broke on Sunday, his wife Lydia Sikwane said she couldn’t believe her life partner was gone.

“I’m in disbelief. I knew something was wrong when the police called and asked when I last saw him. They then called me to the scene where the car fell down a cliff. It has not sunk in yet that he’s gone as I can still see his face and smile.”

Mjokes leaves behind Lydia and their three children.