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20.1.14

Rest In Peace Lesego Motsepe


Former Isidingo actress, singer and motivational speaker, Lesego Motsepe has passed on. A tweet from Twitter user, @MaBlerh first broke the news that she has passed on. She was found dead by her brother and confirmed dead by paramedics. 

A series of tweets from communications firm, Oresego, owned by social commentator, JJ Tabane, then confirmed the news on Twitter. 





Lesego was on Isidingo from the 1997 and she was written out of the show in 2008. He character, Lettie Matabane, was killed in a car accident by her friend, Paul (Carl Beukes.) 

In an interview with Kaya FM's Bob Mabena, Motsepe spoke about how she felt when she found out her status. Angelique Serrao wrote about the interview here:
Motsepe said that when she found out she was HIV-positive 13 years ago, she wasn’t really shocked. This was because she had been working as an Aids ambassador for years, using puppets to teach children about the virus.

Suddenly, all the things she had been talking about became relevant in her own life.

Nevertheless, the news was life-changing.
“I went through many phases: denial, resentment, rejection and anger,” Motsepe said. “But the most important thing is that I am alive today.”
When people found out about her status, they “just hug me. They can hear in my voice I am not weak. But it has taken a lot of work, a lot of energy, to be where I am today,” Motsepe said.
She advised South Africans to know their status.
“If it’s positive, do something about it. Don’t dig your grave because you are still alive,” she said.
The actress said that she has been on antiretrovirals for just more than a year.
Recounting that her CD4 count was just 99 in October last year, she said she had been close to death’s door.
“For seven weeks, I was down. To be able to pick myself up from that and say I am going to live is something,” Motsepe said.
She said she had to be her own coach and change the way she lived. She had to stop drinking – she used to drink a lot of alcohol – and also has to watch her diet.
“It affects a lot. If I have a headache, I can’t take a headache pill. If my stomach is woozy, I can’t take anything. I can’t take anything that would interfere with the antiretrovirals,” she said.
“I decided that if I was going to live, I would not let this get me down. I don’t say I’m HIV-positive, I say HIV lives in my blood.”
In 2012, she shocked fans and faced backlash, when she admitted on SABC 3's 3Talk her decision to forego ARV's in place of a more holistic treatment, rather using herbs, beetroot, garlic and meditation, to keep healthy. She told Noleen Maholwana-Sangqu that she had "weaned herself off ARVs", against her doctor's advice, because she couldn't bear the thought of taking pills every day for the rest of her life. 

We have reached out to SABC 3 and Isidingo for statements and there has been no response yet. 

Isidingo paid tribute to their former star on Twitter last night. 
 May she Rest In Peace. 

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