Popular South African, singer Nichume Siwundla has died after an apparent suicide, a statement sent on behalf of her record label, Top Chap Media, has confirmed. Reactions have followed the confirmation. After spending three years fine-tuning Nichume, honing and toning her craft, DJ Mobi Dixon, real name Mabi Ntuli, fails to make sense of why the late house vocalist took her life.
His exact words were: “We didn’t see it coming at all. We knew about the depression and that she was seeing doctors and taking medication but we never thought she’d go so far. We thought she was in control. She was a fighter.”
The singer, well known for featuring on Mobi Dixon’s track Buthiza. Following the success of Buthiza in 2017, Nichume was signed to Top Chap Media which was founded by Mobi Dixon. The pair recently released their single Thobela.
“I’m distraught. I will remember Nichume as a bright light at Top Chap Media where we signed her. She was not only my first artist, but we had grown so close in the past three years that she became my little sister. She truly is gone too soon. may her soul rest in peace,” Mobi said about the singer’s untimely death.
Speaking on behalf of the family, Nichume’s brother, Qamani Siwundla said “we, as a family are in absolute shock as to what has happened. Learning that your sister has succumbed to emotions and taken her own life can never rest well.”