5 SA Icons who took their own lives (2018-2022)

Life is definitely a blessing to some and a nightmare to others. And, in this video we will look into 10 South African celebrities who unfortunately took their own lives and investigate a bit into the why’s.

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1. Shoki Mokgapa

Shoki Mokgapa was a South African actress. She was best known for her role as Rachel in the film Sink. Mokgapa suffered from clinical depression and anxiety for a long time.

A picture of late SAFTA winning actress Shoki Sekgopi
A picture of late SAFTA winning actress Shoki Mokgopa

She took her own life on 25 September 2018 in Johannesburg at the age of 34. A memorial event was held on 2 October 2018 at the Market Theatre.

2. Patrick Shai

Patrick Molefe Shai (9 December 1956[1] – 22 January 2022) was a South African actor and director. He was best known for the roles in the television series and shows Soul City, Generations, Zone 14, Ashes to Ashes, and Zero Tolerance. He was one of the founding members of Free Film Makers of South Africa.

A picture of the late Patrick Shai
A picture of the late Patrick Shai

On the 22nd of January 2022, the actor was found dead by his wife at his home in Dobson ville. The actor had formerly been involved in GBV Scandal’s in which his wife recounted his abusive nature. Some sources suggest that the actor was depressed by the weight of his own guilt but we will never truly know.


3. Ricky Rick

Rikhado Muziwendlovu Makhado (20 July 1987 – 23 February 2022), known professionally as Riky Rick, was a South African rapper, singer and producer. He was also the founder and owner of record label Cotton Club Records and a member of Boyz N Bucks and he’s well known of his hit songs like boss zonke and Nafukwa.

A picture of the late Riky Ricky
A picture of the late Riky Ricky

Makhado died on 23 February 2022 in Johannesburg, aged 34. The cause of death was reported as suicide by hanging after a lengthy battle with depression. He wrote a suicide note telling his family he couldn’t go on and hoped they would soon forgive him for his decision.

4. HHP

Jabulani Tsambo better known by his stage name Hip Hop Pantsula, later shortened to HHP, was a South African Motswako rapper (Motswakolista). Who performed in several languages, mostly in Setswana.

A picture of the late Hip Hop Pantsula
A picture of the late Hip Hop Pantsula

In 2018, when no one was suspecting. Tsambo was discovered dead in his Johannesburg home on 24 October 2018. According to the tabloid Celeb Gossip South Africa. The musician had committed suicide in what was his fourth attempt following three in 2015. Tsabo had formerly revealed in a 2016 interview that he had been battling depression due to his faltering career.

5. Nichume Siwundla

Nichume (born Nichume Refeloe Siwundla) was a South African house vocalist best known for her feature on Mobi Dixon’s hit song Bhutiza in 2017. At the time of her passing she and Mobi Dixon had ju
st released a single entitled Thobela.

A picture of late musician Nichume Siwundla
A picture of late musician Nichume Siwundla

Nichume she was found at a friend’s place on 7 June 2019 following an apparent suicide. Her death was confirmed by a statement issued by her brother Qamani Siwundla “We, as a family are in absolute shock as to what has happened. Learning that your sister has succumbed to emotions and taken her own life can never rest well.

We obviously are left with a lot of questions but also know that she had one of the strongest characters in the family. Whatever she was feeling at that moment triggered immense hopelessness. We stand united as a family during this difficult time. Nichume was so loved and appreciated.