Tears well up in her tired eyes as she spots two young men having lunch at a table near us. “They remind me so much of my Siphiwe. He was full of life but now umfana wam (my boy) is really gone,” she says. She bursts into tears.
“Why did God take him so soon? Mothers shouldn’t bury their sons. It should be the other way round,” she weeps. We’re speaking to Gladys Mpamile (54), mother of the late kwaito star Siphiwe Mpamile better known as Brown Dash.
It’s clear this shattered mother’s grief and shock is as raw as it was when her son passed away two months ago.
From the minute Brown Dash died, people have been speculating about what led to his failing health and untimely death. His frail figure during a performance with Spikiri at the 18th SAMA awards on 30 April this year fuelled rumours that he was indeed very ill.
Today Mam’ Mpamile wants to end the speculation surrounding her son’s death in the hope that it will help the family heal and move on. “Siphiwe succumbed to HIV-related diseases,” she sobs.
“My son died of Aids.”
READ MORE IN DRUM 12 July 2012