Brother of Vocalist Who Jumped Off Balcony Speaks
Jun. 12, 2019
The brother of a South African vocalist who died in an apparent suicide by jumping off an apartment complex has mourned his sister as a bright light gone too soon. Speaking to Sunday World, Qamani Siwundla said that his family was distraught with the passing of House star Nichume Siwundlam, 27.
Qamani narrated that news that she jumped off the second-floor balcony while at a friend's house in Greenstone Ridge, Edenvale, had shaken their family to the core. "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 go down well. “We are obviously left with a lot of questions but also know that she had one of the strongest characters in the family. Whatever she was feeling at that moment triggered immense hopelessness.
"Nichume was so loved and appreciated. We are proud of all her achievements," he said. He added that his father had flown down to Johannesburg from East London to identify her body. She hailed from Eastern Cape. According to police spokesperson Neldah Sekgobela, the singer famed for her hit song Bhutiza had complained of having problems but did not disclose before plummeting to her death. “It is alleged that she threw herself from the second floor's balcony after she had been complaining that she had problems but didn't reveal [the nature of her problems] to her friends," said Sekgobela.
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