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Thabang Lebese dies

By Sowetan LIVE, Sapa | Feb 24, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 100 ]

Lebese, popularly known as ‘Chillies’ by his myriad of supporters, passed away after being admitted at the Helen Joseph Hospital in the past weeks. He was 38

The South African Football Association has sent its condolences to Thabang Lebese’s family, his former teammates and the entire football family at the passing away of footballer.

Lebese, popularly known as ‘Chillies’ by his myriad of supporters, passed away after being admitted at the Helen Joseph Hospital in the past weeks. He was 38.

SAFA president Kirsten Nematandani said he was shocked when he learnt of the passing away of the former Kaizer Chiefs, Ria Stars and Orlando Pirates darling at such a tender age.

“This is yet another sad day and chapter in our soccer. Thabang was a role model for millions of soccer followers and his untimely death has once again robbed us of yet another soccer legend,” the SAFA President said in a statement.

Despite having only a single cap for Bafana Bafana, Lebese featured in 279 top-flight matches during his 13-year glittering career of which 220 were in his favourite Chiefs colours.

“At 38, Thabang had a lot ahead of him in terms of passing his football experience to aspiring youngsters. He was a soccer icon who was looked up to by many youngsters aspiring to be tomorrow’s soccer stars. May his soul rest in peace,” added Nematandani.

Bafana Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane said he was equally heart-broken by the distressing news of Thabang’s untimely death.

“He was a gentleman on and off the pitch and was an amiable character hence his unrivalled popularity among the fans. South Africa has lost one of the greatest talents soccer has ever produced. I am devastated,” said Mosimane.

* Sapa quoted the Gauteng health department as saying that the midfielder’s death was not caused by hospital staff negligence. 

“Complications that the patient experienced were not as a result of the treatment he received at the hospital or as a result of negligence by any health worker,” said spokesman Simon Zwane in a statement.  

Lebese died in Helen Joseph Hospital in Auckland Park, Johannesburg, on Wednesday night aged 38, after spending more than a month in hospital. The nature of his illness was not disclosed.

Zwane said Lebese received all the necessary medical treatment as well as psycho-social assistance. “During his stay at the hospital, management met with the family and explained his condition and treatment that he was receiving.” 

He conveyed the department’s “heartfelt condolences” to Lebese’s family and fans.

The Gauteng legislature’s portfolio committee for sports and recreation echoed these sentiments. Chairwoman Nompi Nhlapo said his death was a great loss for South African football and the sports fraternity. The committee hoped the country’s youth would follow Lebese’s example by working hard and maintaining a positive attitude.

Sport MEC Lebogang Maile said Lebese left a legacy of “wonderful memories of his football career” and would always be remembered as a legend.

“Our sincerest condolences to Thabang’s family. I was aware he was gravely ill and had hoped that he would recover soon. It was truly upsetting to learn that he had passed on.” 

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@GoodiesPheladi
Ga a tswere ke AIDS e mo tswere. So please stop bashing tpaz. I know for a fact because ne ke jola le yena and le nna e ntswere. SO WHAT??????????????
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Dont do that to yourself gal,you owe us no explanation.Just so you'll be judged mo....

Feb 24, 2012 9:54 | 0 replies


this rest in pease thing is honestly boring...why would the dead soul not rest? what does it really mean? i think ppl should stop this GHOST nonsense they believe in..it makes them s'tupid!!!! rest in peace my foot, just write a message of condolences and stop this rest in peace nonsense or keep quite...

Feb 24, 2012 10:20 | 0 replies


to the LEBESE family...this is a painful thing to happen to anyone, but have strength in each other so u can make it through this difficult time...this is not what GOD wanted for u or any other person but the unfortanute imperfect nature and sins we have inherited from our fore parents...GOD will provide a way for u and everyone who has suffered the same loss to heal and come to terms with u lose...

Feb 24, 2012 10:24 | 0 replies

Rest in Peace warra

Robala ka Kgotso Monna Lebese.

Retlago gopola ge lehlaba le ge lesobela

A moya wa gago o ye gi e khutša Lekhosi

Feb 24, 2012 10:25 | 0 replies

with u lose = with ur loss

Feb 24, 2012 10:25 | 0 replies

robala ka kgotso Thabang - you came, you conquered and left-Its irrelevant how or why you died - lets stop diagnosing people - Lets leave the judgement to GOD. RIP.

Feb 24, 2012 10:38 | 0 replies

This is yet another sad day and chapter in our soccer.
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You forgot to mention the taxi industry, as he was no longer dabbling with balls but wheels (as a taxi driver)
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jah ne!! this may sound like a joke but is is really sad!!! hope there other ones r learning from this!! i saw benedict vilakazi jha ne llife!!

Feb 24, 2012 10:50 | 0 replies

@tpaz

Maybe "permission from family" omitted in this instance

Or else replace the word "euthansasia", with "murder", and revert to my question.

Anyway I have to go back to work now but HJ hospital hurts me sometimes if you want to guess why

ke boela tirong jaanong ko rwala dikgong tsa meketla (im going back to my job of collecting and selling firewood)
salang sentle nta ke tsamaye ke sale ke golegile kariki ya ditonki (my donkey cart is waiting for me outside)
sampoko sa me se kae (give me my whip)
ADIKATE!!!
(HARK!!)

(I like my donkeys when they pull the donkey cart- when i say "ADIKATE!",- they pull the cart with great force- horse power!!)

Lov u all

Ntimetse

Feb 24, 2012 10:54 | 0 replies

extending my heart felt condolences to his family. may his soul rest in peace. he will be remembered for the great things he did on and off the soccer pitch. R.I.P

Feb 24, 2012 11:7 | 0 replies

Still remember "Thabo thiba Thabang", that was when Thabo "Tsikitsiki" Mooki and Thabang "banda / Chillis" Lebese were terrorising clubs back in the days......

Rest In Peace Buddy....

@tpaz - Since yesterday o le busy o spreader this HIV thing......Stop it, Poephole.....

Feb 24, 2012 11:11 | 0 replies

Will miss you
Khosi!!!!

Feb 24, 2012 11:19 | 0 replies