Teboho Mahlatsi-Image Source@TwitterTeboho Mahlatsi-Image Source@Twitter

Shaka Ilembe Co-creator Teboho Mahlatsi Passes Away

On July 3, 2023, the family of Teboho Mahlatsi, the renowned Filmmaker and Producer, announced his untimely passing at the age of 49. The sad news was shared in a statement posted on Twitter by comedian and producer, David Kau. The family kindly requested privacy and prayers during this difficult time as they mourn and come to terms with this tragic loss. Further details regarding the cause of death will be communicated in due course.

Teboho Mahlatsi’s Outstanding Work in the Television Industry

Teboho Mahlatsi, known for his exceptional talent and contributions to the television industry, made a significant impact with his creative vision. He completed film school at the Africa Cultural Centre in 1993 and quickly made a name for himself. In 1999, his debut short film, “Portrait of A Young Man Drowning,” earned him the prestigious Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

One of Mahlatsi’s notable achievements was co-creating and directing the critically acclaimed South African television series, Yizo Yizo, which is currently available for streaming on Netflix. The show garnered immense popularity and acclaim, leaving an indelible mark on the television landscape. Mahlatsi’s talent extended to other shows as well, including Jacob’s Cross, Isibaya, Ayeye, and his most recent masterpiece, Shaka ILembe.

Tributes to Teboho Mahlatsi

Shaka Ilembe-Image Source@Twitter
Shaka Ilembe-Image Source@Twitter

The news of Teboho Mahlatsi’s passing has deeply saddened the South African entertainment industry and the public at large. Many have taken to social media to pay their respects and acknowledge his immense contributions:

“I consider him the greatest Filmmaker we have ever had. Changed television in South Africa. YizoYizo, Gaz Lam, Zone 14, Jacob’s Cross, etc. A true Legend,” wrote @OnkeBlavk.

“Horrific news. This guy led a whole generation in film making,” shared @Qebenga15.

Actress and screenwriter Mmabatho Montsho expressed her devastation, saying, “Teboho gave us some of the most iconic moments in South African TV. A storytelling signature that marked a time… emulated to this day. You leave an undeniable mark. RIP. Ubegrand jo.”

Teboho Mahlatsi’s legacy will continue to inspire and influence future generations of filmmakers and storytellers. His groundbreaking work will be remembered as a testament to his creativity, vision, and dedication to the craft.

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