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John Kani to deliver eulogy at public memorial service for Johnny Clegg

The death of music icon Johnny Clegg has led to an outpouring of grief around the globe.

He passed away after a long battle with pancreatic cancer on 16 July and the family laid him to rest during a private service the next day.

RELATED: 'May we repeat Asimbonanga, with the words, we remember you, we saw you, Johnny'

Now the public will have the opportunity to pay their last respects at a memorial service in Johannesburg on Friday.

The late singer's manager and family spokesperson, Roddy Quin says the Cleggs are thankful to the people of South Africa and the media for respecting their request for privacy to mourn.

Now they have responded to pleas from a country that claims the beloved singer as its own.

RELATED: Johnny Clegg was a gift from God - Sipho Mchunu

As much as we knew in the last few days John was really fighting, when it happened it was a great shock and only then did we start putting anything in place, there were no preparations made in advance.

Roddy Quinn, Former manager and Clegg family spokesperson

Quinn says the ceremony will include tributes by people that Johnny Clegg admired.

John Kani will be doing a eulogy. There will be some artists paying tribute to him, his dancers from George Goch... the Soweto [Gospel] Choir...

Roddy Quinn, Former manager and Clegg family spokesperson

At the end there will be time for any artists that are there to join in.

Roddy Quin, Former manager and Clegg family spokesperson

The public memorial service takes place at the Sandton Convention Centre at 12:30 pm on Friday.

The event is free, but tickets must be obtained from Computicket so that the number of people can be monitored.

For more information on the public memorial for Johnny Clegg, click below:


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