News of Mandoza's death has on Sunday afternoon sent shockwaves through the nation.
As news of the kwaito star's death spreads fans have inundated social media with an outpouring of tributes for their icon. His family has confirmed he died after being taken to hospital on Sunday morning.
The artist was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour and has been undergoing treatment since a year ago.
Like many boys growing up in the streets of Zola, Mandoza was drawn to crime at an early age.
He was 38-years-old.
That became a wake-up call for the young Mandoza.
Mandoza started his career with Chiskop, a kwaito group formed with three of his childhood friends. In 1999 he released the top-selling album 9II5 Zola South, for which he gained a 2000 FNB South African Music Awards Best Newcomer nomination.
We also could not find the official video for this hit track.
President Jacob Zuma has extended his deep felt condolences on the passing of music legend, and one of the pioneers of Kwaito music, Mduduzi "Mandoza" Tshabalala.
Mandoza last performed last weekend at the SABC Thank you concert at Orlando Stadium.
Zuma described Mandoza as a pioneer of Kwaito music and said he would be missed by all.