Media release

Government Communications on Joseph Shabalala’s date of birth

18 February 2020

18 February 2020

Correction of Dr Shabalala birth year

Government has noted the extensive media coverage about the death of Dr Joseph Shabalala and his legendary music career during the build up to his official funeral, taking place on Saturday. It was also noted that his year of birth was reported incorrectly by the media. 

It must be placed on record that Dr Shabalala was born on 28 August 1940 and not in 1941. All media are requested to urgently correct the error. 

Government reiterates its sincerest condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues in the industry. Shabalala made an indelible mark in South Africa's music industry. 

Phumla Williams
Cell: 083 501 0139

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