Actor Papi Lethoba DiedActor Papi Lethoba Has Died [Image: Sifiso Jimta/Citizen]

Renowned theatre and television actor, who previously featured in Generations and Scandal, Papi Lethoba, has died.


Former Generations Actor Papi Lethoba Died

Lethoba passed away in a road traffic accident in Sasolburg in the early hours of Sunday morning, 30 June.

Free State police spokesman Sergeant Peter confirmed the tragic crash:

“On Sunday morning at R57 road near the R59 off-ramp, a vehicle lost control, and a 47-year-old male deceased was found next to the vehicle. Sasolburg police are investigating a culpable homicide case.” 

The actor’s brother, Isack Lethoba, spoke to the Daily Sun, revealing what happened on the fateful day.

On Saturday, 29 June, Lethoba visited his father’s place in the Free State, where Isack stays, and they had a good time. At 11 pm, the actor then set off to return home to Sebokeng. However, hours lapsed, and the family started worrying about why he had not informed them that he had travelled safely back home.

“We received a call from the police in the early hours of Sunday morning (1 July) telling us to go to Sasolburg, and as we arrived, we found my brother’s car badly damaged on the side of the road, and police told us that he lost control,” Isack recalled.

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Family Struggling To Grapple With The Tragedy

Actor Papi Lethoba Died
Actor Papi Lethoba Has Died [Image: Daily Sun]


Papi Lethoba’s brother, Isack, said their family is reeling in pain. They never imagined they would lose Papi hours after having a wonderful time with him.

“Our family pillar is no more, and we are saddened by his unexplainable death that will stay in our minds all the time. My father had asked the family to come to terms with the death of Papi.

“My brother was a responsible driver who has never driven a car very fast, as his speed was always below 100 km/h, so to find his car so badly damaged and killed him while he was driving on a smooth road with no potholes, left us with many questions that no one will answer.”

By Rumpel