Remembering The Lives And Legacies Of South African Celebrities Who Died In February

South Africa is still grappling with the heartless way in which AKA’s life came to an end.

The “Touch My Blood” hitmaker was fatally shot on Friday evening.

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As Mzansi celebrates the month of love, the nation has been hit with sorrow following the deaths of several celebrities.

Below is a brief rundown of South African stars, besides AKA and Riky Rick, who passed away in February.

DJ Citi Lyts

DJ Citi Lyts [Image: Sunday World]

Renowned music producer and DJ, Sandile Mkhize, better known as DJ Citi Lyts, gained widespread recognition for his chart-topping hits “Washa Washa” and “Vurra,” which featured several of his fellow artists signed to the Ambitiouz Entertainment label.

The talented musician, who was the brother of Hip Hop icon Prokid, sadly passed away on Valentine’s Day 2022 at the age of 32.

Joseph Shabalala

Joseph Shabalala (Image: Chad Rachman/Associated Press)

Joseph Shabalala, a founding member of the Grammy Award-winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo choir, played a pivotal role in the popularization of Zulu music on a global scale since the group’s formation in the 1950s. Sadly, Shabalala passed away at the age of 79 in a Pretoria-based medical facility on February 11, 2020.

Kuli Roberts

Kuli Roberts (Image: ZAlebs)

Nomakula ‘Kuli’ Roberts, who stood out among the musicians on this list, was a multi-talented personality renowned for her skills as a fashion and beauty journalist, TV presenter, author, and actress. Unfortunately, she passed away on February 9, 2021, at the age of 49, after collapsing on the set of her new show.

Reeva Steenkamp

Reeva Steenkamp (Image: ABC News)

Reeva Steenkamp, a remarkable symbol of both beauty and intelligence, met a tragic end in the early hours of Valentine’s Day in 2013.

The model and law graduate was fatally shot four times through the bathroom door of her Olympian boyfriend Oscar Pistorius’s home.

Pistorius admitted to the shooting, claiming he mistook her for an intruder, and was subsequently found guilty of culpable homicide.

Joost van der Westhuizen

Joost van der Westhuizen (Image: Rugby Talk)

Joost van der Westhuizen, the former Springbok captain, passed away at the age of 45 on February 6, 2017, after battling Motor Neuron Disease (MND) for some time in a Johannesburg hospital.

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