World-renowned composer and producer Lebohang “Lebo M” Morake turned 57 this month.

His biggest birthday wish would be to have a retrial of the person responsible for his infant son’s death 18 years ago.

Thembalethu Morake shared a birthday with his father.

He would have turned 19 today, but his life was cut short when he reportedly drowned at his posh family home in Dainfern, near Fourways, Johannesburg, in 2003.


The emotional father said his son’s passing marked a downhill spiral in his personal life.

Over the years, Morake said, he had tried to get justice for his son and claimed that there have been successful attempts by some people to stop him from revealing details of the
negligence that led to his son’s passing.

Morake said his one-year-old son was left in the care of a 21-year-old nanny who the family had only known for five days.

He said that Nandi Ndlovu-Goodjohn, his wife at the time, had left the toddler in the care of the nanny when she went to attend a funeral with a friend.

The baby was said to have drowned in the pool.

Morake said, while the nanny was found guilt of culpable homicide in 2008, he believed there was a bigger cover-up, which remained a sore point for him.

The nanny was sentenced to a year in prison or R3 000 fine, which she paid.
Morake revealed that he was hoping for a retrial to get justice for his son’s death.