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Mourners dance to beloved DJ’s memory

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DEATH may be a certainty, but the way in which it's dealt with differs wildly.

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A picture of Aldrin Segale Mogotsi is displayed on a programme at his memorial service in Mabopane yesterday.

Family and friends of the late radio darling Aldrin Segale Mogotsi chose to dance and celebrate during his memorial service at the Morula Sun in Mabopane, Tshwane, yesterday.

Mogotsi, who was affectionately known for making people dance with his slick song choices, passed away on Monday at Edenvale Hospital after he was taken there on Sunday.

The 47-year-old had been in and out of hospital over the years.

Contrary to most memorial services where tears are plentiful and the mood is sombre, his service was a festive, with song and dance in abundance.His former colleague at Alex FM Edwin Seleke said that was exactly what Mogotsi would have wanted.

“He was alive and full of energy. In addition, he was obsessed with music. I am pretty sure he is smiling and tapping his feet watching us dance at his memorial service.”

Seleke said he had admired Mogotsi’s sense of style in music and dress. “He always looked good, clean and tidy, and of course played beautiful music,” he said.

Comedian Sammy “Sammy Fever” Mashabane stole the show with a startling solo dance.

He attracted plenty of attention, with people taking photos and videos.

“He believed in happiness and spreading good energy. I am only doing what he would have wanted me to do,” he said.

Mourners wore their dancing shoes while they listened to golden oldies and related special memories of Mogotsi.

Family and colleagues described him as a brutally honest yet thoughtful and obsessed with music.His daughter Thatohatsi Mogotsi said her father was strict and insisted on respect.

“He was a man of rules and discipline and also had a sense of direction,” she said. "We thought, as the Mogotsi family, that dad was ours, but he belonged to the nation.

”At the time of his death, Mogotsi was working for North West FM, where he hosted the Platinum Network Café on Fridays between 8pm and midnight, and was also on air on Saturdays between 3pm and 6pm.

His radio career began in the 1980s with now defunct Radio Bop in the former Bophuthatswana homeland.As a radio presenter, Mo-gotsi had stints with public broadcasting service radio stations, among them Motswe-ding FM.

Mogotsi also plied his trade with Kaya FM and Metro FM, where he went big with the audience for his The Household Show.

“It’s a shock for us,” North West FM station manager David Mabusela said, adding that Mogotsi’s passing was a big loss to the station.

Radio legends, including Tim Modise, DJ Fresh and Glen Lewis, paid tribute to the DJ. Thousands of tributes were posted on social media platforms by his fans.

He was due to be buried at Klipgat Cemetery in Mabopane today.

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