Karabo Mokhubela passed away at the age of 40 on 26 July 2020 and we look back at his life and career.
Details of his death have not yet been revealed but fans and friends have taken to social media to remember him.
Mokhubela was born in April 1980 and was best known for his role as Jazzy T in the drama series Skeem Saam, which has been broadcast on SABC 1 since 2011.
He was a music producer on the popular soapie and starred as the onscreen boyfriend of Bontle, played by actress Keamogetswe Leburu.
Mokhubela was also a radio presenter for Impact Radio, a Christian community radio station based in Pretoria.
Leburu expressed her sadness and shock at the loss of the talented performer.
“I’m still in disbelief,” she said.
Is that Bontle’s onset boyfriend?? I’m shocked. May his soul rest in peace????????????????????????????
— Khwezi Philangothando Mwandla (@KhweziMwandla) July 26, 2020
She also honoured him with a post that read: “RIP to my onscreen boyfriend. I will always miss you hun.”
RIP to my onscreen boyfriend ❤️
Karabo Mokhubela “JAZZY T” ????????I will always miss you hun . pic.twitter.com/QS9Fidll7M
— kea_Leburu (@kea_Leburu) July 26, 2020
Spokesperson for the department of basic education Elijah Mhlanga paid tribute to the late actor.
“Saddened by the sudden passing of a colleague Karabo Lance Makhubela from GCIS who was responsible for radio and live streaming for Ministers. What a gentle soul.
“This is the man who always supported me to ensure that the technical aspects of media briefings we did at GCIS were spot on. Rest in peace broer. Your energy will be missed dearly. Your love for radio was on another level,” said Mhlanga.
Rest In Peace my brother. Thank you for supporting and helping me so to make the media briefings (in particular) at GCIS go well during COVID-19. Over the years you always saw angles that I didn’t see. Your commitment to public service and your love for radio is unparalleled. ???? pic.twitter.com/D207v3TT9n
— Elijah Mhlanga (@ElijahMhlanga) July 26, 2020
The National Community Radio Forum (NCRF) released a statement on the passing of Mokhubela, saying he was a terrific radio presenter and it was an honour to have worked with him for almost a decade.
“Karabo Lance’s passing is a huge loss for the community media centre,” said NCRF president Xola Nozewu.
KwaZulu-Natal radio station Inanda FM also paid respects to Mokhubela with a picture of him shaking hands with President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Rest easy soldier Karabo Lance Mokhubela????????????we are saddened with your passing but on earth we know you have walked your mile in the fraternity together with us NCRF @MddaMedia
Phumula KB❤️✨ pic.twitter.com/dhqV56Wj7S
— Inanda FM (@inanda884fm) July 26, 2020
Deputy director for South African government digital media Senzi Ngubane recalled on Facebook the last assignment she did with Mokhubela at the GCIS Radio Studio, saying it was a real pleasure to work with him.
She also thanked Mokhubela for his contributions to the radio community in South Africa and said she would not forget the conversation they had after the show.
Read her tribute below: