03/08/2017 07:57 BST | Updated 03/08/2017 07:57 BST

ANC: Tsekeleke Helped Young People Embrace Themselves In All Their Diversity

"The ANC sends its heartfelt condolences to his family, his Kalawa Jazmee family and the music industry at large." 


The ANC has expressed sadness over the passing of Kwaito singer Anthony "Tsekeleke" Motaung who succumbed to diabetes on Tuesday night.

In a statement, the party's spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa described Motaung as an inimitable entertainer with a larger than life personality.

Kodwa said: "Tsekeleke formed part of the luminaries of the Kwaito generation, bursting into the scene with his hit song "Fatty Boom Boom". This song was a celebration and acceptance of his frame with all its societally imposed imperfections, speaking to millions of youth of the time struggling with self-identity and peer pressures issues. It sent a strong and much-needed message to young people embrace themselves in all their diversity."

Read: Farewell Tsekeleke, Till We Meet Again -- Fans Pay Tribute To The Kwaito Musician

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) took to Twitter to pay tribute to Motaung:

Motaung died at a Vosloorus hospital following a battle with diabetes.