Dudu Manhenga mom speaks out

JAILED jazz musician Duduzile Tracey Manhenga’s mother says she has accepted her daughter’s fate as God’s will.

Luyanduhlobo Makwati
Own correspondent

Bulawayo-born Manhenga was jailed for 18 months on Friday by a Harare magistrate for culpable homicide following a fatal traffic accident three years ago.

She was also facing charges of driving without a licence.

Her mother Alma Naki Dlamini told Southern Eye Lifestyle from Pumula that the prison sentence was God’s plan and there was nothing she could do about it.

“My son I cannot say much because the judiciary saw it fit that she should be given such a sentence,” she said.

“I have accepted the sentence because the accident happened and the sentence has been passed. Only God knows the path that our lives will take.”

Manhenga grew up in the high-density of Pumula North and Hyde Park Estate.

She did primary education at St Bernard’s Primary School where she became a leader of the school choir while doing Grade 3.

Manhenga did secondary education at St Columbus High School in Makokoba and despite passing Advanced Level with 12 points she decided not to go to university, choosing to follow her passion, music.

In 1999 she enrolled at the Zimbabwe College of Music where she studied music.

She met Blessing Mparutsa at the college and together they formed the band Colour Blue.

Their debut album Out of the Blue catapulted them to stardom.

The band became a force to reckon in the country and internationally.

Manhenga is the second born in a family of four and has been a source of inspiration for her siblings.

Manhenga was born in January 1980 and is a former board member of the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe.

She is also a motivational speaker who has been encouraging women in various circles of life to stand up and champion their interests.

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