Johannesburg – Friends of the second victim from the Meli Lounge shooting on Monday have expressed their sadness and shock, following the news of his death.
On Sunday night well-known actor and Jozi FM DJ Mandla Hlatshwayo, together with friend Oupa "Chom Chom" Duma, were killed during a botched robbery at the Pimville pub.
It's believed the two were trying to protect and help several women leave the pub during the robbery.
Remembered as an "awesome", "sweet soul" and for his "warm smile", condolences and tributes poured in over social media for Duma on Monday.
Ntokozo Makhuba, a close friend, described Duma as someone who had captivated her from the first day time they meet and had remained "unchanged until their last day – that is the effect of our awesome buddy #Chomarizing".
"You never knew if you would get a kiss hello or a blow in your face because there was no expectations with this unpredictable, energetic and welcoming soul," she wrote on Facebook.
"He can never be replaced because his aura was his truth. It is such a loss and it is such a sad day.
"Lets remember that awesome smile, that 100% energy all the time and how his absence was so obvious because he would always automatically light up any place he entered," Makhuba said.
"We will miss him always and forever," she added.
Another friend of both Hlatshwayo and Duma, Lawrence Ofentse Seroto, said he was missing his dear friends.
"May your soul rest in peace. We'll cherish every moment that we all spent together as friends – RIP Gents #Chom-Chom and Mandla," he said.
Meanwhile, Meli Lounge released a statement on sending their warmest condolences to the families "of our dear friends DJ Mandla and Chom Chom".
"With all the respect, we plead to our friends to be careful with spreading stories of hearsay, we are in pain from what has happened and the least we need is to hurt both families with uncertain stories.
"We also plead with our friends to respect both families," it said, adding that the pub would remain closed until further notice.
"Those who feel a need to comfort Meli (Morewane) at the shop, please kindly do so in a respectable manner since that area is a crime scene and the police still need (to do) further investigations.
"We trust that we will work together in this. May all who all are affected and hurt find strength in the Lord," it concluded.