Some South African celebrities have been involved in tragic incidents where lives were lost. Let’s take a look at some of these cases:
- Judith Sephuma: In 2013, jazz singer Judith Sephuma was driving in Soweto when she accidentally struck a 79-year-old woman who was crossing the road. She rushed the woman to the hospital, but sadly, the woman passed away two hours later. The case started as reckless or negligent driving but turned into a culpable homicide case after the woman’s death. However, there’s no further information on the outcome.
- Jub Jub: Jub Jub and his friends were sentenced to 25 years in prison for causing the deaths of four children and injuring two others during a drag race in 2010. In 2014, their sentence was reduced to 10 years with two years suspended, and Jub Jub served half of that time before being released in 2017.
- Manaka Ranaka: In 2015, actress Manaka Ranaka accidentally struck an 18-year-old girl who was crossing the road on foot. She went to the girl’s family to apologize, and they forgave her, understanding it was an accident. Ranaka expressed her remorse for the tragic incident.
- Pitch Black Afro: The musician Pitch Black Afro was found guilty of causing the death of his wife, Catherine, in 2018. Originally charged with murder, his charge was later changed to culpable homicide. He was sentenced to 10 years, with five suspended, and served three years of his sentence.
- Donald Sebolai: Jozi FM DJ Donald Sebolai was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2016 for the murder of his girlfriend, Dolly. She was found in a pool of blood in 2014, and Sebolai was on the run for over a week before being apprehended.
- Greg Pettigrew: In April of this year, TV and theater performer Greg Pettigrew allegedly shot and killed his boyfriend at his home before attempting to take his own life. The case is still ongoing.
- Oscar Pistorius: On Valentine’s Day in 2013, Oscar Pistorius fatally shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, claiming he mistook her for an intruder. Initially found guilty of culpable homicide, his sentence was later increased to 13 years and five months after an appeal.
- Tokollo Tshabalala: In March 2001, Tokollo Tshabalala, a member of TKZee, was involved in a fatal car accident in Botswana. He was accused of speeding and causing the accident, which resulted in the death of another driver. Tshabalala was charged with culpable homicide but was later cleared of all charges.
These cases serve as reminders that celebrities are not immune to tragedy or legal consequences, and they, too, must face the consequences of their actions when lives are affected.