Acclaimed musician Zahara is in ICU, battling severe liver complications in a Johannesburg hospital.
Zahara reportedly fighting for her life in ICU
The multi-award-winning singer, born Bulelwa Mkutukana, is currently in a grave health situation, according to media reports.
Initially admitted to a regular medical ward, her condition quickly deteriorated, necessitating her transfer to the ICU of a private Johannesburg hospital. Sources indicate that the beloved Loliwe singer has been hospitalised for nearly a week.
Zahara is reportedly suffering from serious liver issues, with scarring so severe that a liver transplant might be necessary.
Family members, including those from her hometown in East London, have gathered in Johannesburg to support her and her fiancé, Mpho Xaba.
Prayer vigils are being held in both cities, as her loved ones and fans hope for her recovery.
A long history of liver complications exacerbated by alcohol abuse
This is not the first time the award-winning artist has faced such a crisis.
In December 2019, she spent a month in the hospital for liver disease exacerbated by heavy drinking. Speaking to City Press at the time, her older sister Nomonde revealed the depth of Zahara’s struggles, stressing the dire warnings from doctors about her drinking habits.
“If she continues drinking, she is going to die”, her sister said at the time.
Facing the challenge of expensive medical tests and limited medical aid coverage, it’s believed Zahara’s family is desperately trying to raise funds.
Sources claim they reached out to Nhlanhla Mafu, ex-wife of former record label owner Thembinkosi ‘TK’ Nciza, for financial assistance.
Mafu, who once hosted Zahara in Johannesburg, is seen as a potential source of support. However, at this juncture, these calls have yet to be reciprocated.
This is a developing story.