Makhadzi’s fans worried after she posts suicidal message. Makhadzi, the award-winning singer whose real name is Ndivhudzannyi Ralivhona, caused alarm among her fans when she wrote on social media, “I am now ending my life for good. RIP to myself. Please don’t call me no one will answer.” She deleted the post soon after, but not before it sparked concern and speculation about her mental state.
The Water hit-maker is one of the most popular artists in South Africa, known for her songs such as Marotho and MaGear. Her fans flooded her with messages of love and support, urging her not to give up on life. Makhadzi’s manager, Lucky Tshilimandila, told ZiMoja that the Limpopo singer is fine and just needs some rest. “She has been working non-stop all year, and she is feeling tired and stressed,” he said. “She is taking a break and seeing a doctor. She is not suicidal, she is just overwhelmed.”
Makhadzi released her album Mbofholowo as an independent artist in September and has been performing all over the country and the continent. “She is a perfectionist who always wants to please her fans. But she is okay, she is taking care of herself and her mental health,”
Lucky assured. “We are grateful for everyone’s concern and prayers. She values the support. She will be back soon and stronger than ever.” Makhadzi’s post comes after several South African artists have reportedly taken their own lives due to depression and other mental health issues.
Some of them include rapper HHP, Riky Rick, and actor Patrick Shai. Jabulani “HHP” Tsambo had a long history of depression and had tried to kill himself three times before he succeeded.
Rikhado Makhado, better known as Riky Rick, also struggled with mental health problems and was reported to have hanged himself at his Joburg home. Patrick Shai, a veteran actor, was found dead in his garage by his wife at their Soweto home in January 2022.