This is despite the fact that the late rapper’s partner Legato Sengadi has approached the courts to have the scheduled funeral halted.
In scathing remarks made to SowetanLive on Thursday, Tambo said the family doesn’t recognise her as HHP’s wife and have told her not to attend the funeral to be held at the Mmabatho Convention Centre on Saturday.
“I have made it clear to her that she is not welcome at the funeral,” he was quoted saying.
He said the family were continuing with funeral preparations.
“We are about to enter into a meeting with a funeral parlour to confirm the funeral arrangements for Saturday.”
In court papers fielding the Johannesburg High Court on Thursday, Sengadi argued that as a customary wife recognised by law, she is legally entitled to bury the late musician.
Her application, seeking to interdict the musician’s funeral, is directed to Tsambo.
”It is declared that the customary marriage between the applicant and the deceased is a customary marriage entered into validity on 28 February 2015, and as envisaged in terms of Section 3 of the Recognition of Customary Marriages Act,” reads the application.
”The applicant is declared to be the lawful customary wife of the deceased who died on 23 October 2018. The respondent and those acting on his instruction are ordered to forthwith provide to the applicant full details about the whereabouts of the remains of the deceased.”
Tsambo’s family insist Sengadi was not the musician’s wife and is, in fact, an ”ex-fiancee”. However, resolute and fierce, Sengadi attended HHP’s memorial service and paid tribute to the revered musician. The memorial was held in Newtown on Tuesday.
”I fought for you even when I had to be a one-woman army against so many that tried to tarnish your name. I loved you through happiness and pain, highs and lows, darkness and light, fear and pride. I find solace in knowing that even in your very, very last breath you knew that,” she said on Tuesday, surrounded by supporters on stage.
”You were so easy to love that even when you thought it was difficult it wasn’t.”
”There will still be so much said, so much done but I will take those lashings with the grace and the integrity of the warrior queen you chose to share the throne with. I will not cower, they will not break me. I know you wouldn’t expect any less of me. Because when your worst fear happens and it has… then fear is no longer a factor.
”I move with God, a loving family, an army of brothers and sisters and wena dloz’ lam Jabulani Tsambo.”
In a statement earlier this week, the bereaved family said Sengadi ”moved out of his home and his life on her own accord” last year.
HHP (Hip Hop Pantsula) is thought to have committed suicide. He was known to have suffered from depression for a long time.
A second memorial service is scheduled to take place at the Mmabatho Convention Centre in Mafikeng on Thursday.
– With additional reporting by African News Agency