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Mpho Sebeng tributes: fellow SA stars share intimate last moments with him

The late Mpho Sebeng, who tragically died aged 31 following a car crash in Potchefstroom early Sunday, leaves behind a colouful acting legacy that has touched the hearts of countless fellow thespians and legions of South African fans. Thuso Mbedu, Florence Masebe, Nthati Moshesh, DJ Sabby, DJ Sbu and close friend, actor Zola Hatatsi share with us heartfelt tributes and intimate last moments with the late, mind-blowing young bundle of talent.

An accomplished young actor, Mpho Sebeng’s untimely death has come as a shock to throngs of South Africans and fellow thespians, who took to the social media to expressed their sorrow.

Best known for his television roles in ‘Zero Tolerance‘, Soul Buddyz‘, ‘Savage Beauty‘, ‘Ring of Lies‘ and e.tv drama series ‘Scandal‘, Sebeng tragically passed away in a car accident in Potchefstroom, North West on Sunday, leaving behind a legacy that has touched the hearts of countless fans and peers. The overwhelming wave of tribute messages is a testament to the impact she had on those around him.

Below is some of heartfelt tributes shared by some of South Africa’s beloved entertainers, top among them Nthati Moshesh, Florence Masebe, Thuso Mbedu, and close friend and fellow actor Zola Hashatsi.

Confirming his death on X on Monday morning, actor Zola Hashatsi shared that the Soweto-born actor met his untimely death following a tragic car accident around Klerksdorp, North West Monday Morning:

Thuso Mbedu’s tribute – shared on Instagram:

“Mpho made it so easy to love him, she wrote, adding: “We all know how hard he worked. We all know how he determined he was in bettering himself as a person and in his craft. We all know that was always one of the best dressed in the room. We all know that he stayed showing up for his loved ones. We all know of his big heart that was overflowing with love. I can hear the sound of his laughter. I can see the frown lines as he zoned in, concentrating. I can see the cheeky grin. I can hear his voice when he said “Thuwowo”. But I don’t know how to take all of that and make it make sense because there’s so much more to it and there is no way to put any of it into words,” Mbedu shared, adding: “I like to believe that he knew that I loved him because he was one of the (few) people that I had the courage to tell. He made it safe to do so – I know that many will attest to this. May God hold you tight and bring healing to your bleeding hearts. This is a big wound that will take forever to sew itself back together. Handle with care. Mphowowo… then. Now. Forever. You’ll always be my person. Thank you for doing life with us, my friend.”

Nthati Moshesh shared her heartfelt tributes on X and Facebook:

“I remember this scene so vividly. You reacted to my tears and that made me cry even harder on INGOMA the song,” Nthati Moshesh shared, adding: ” You blew me away on ‘Saints and Sinners‘, ‘Ring of Lies‘ and ‘Savage Beauty‘. If I’d known this would be one of our last hugs, I would’ve squeezed you tighter. I hoped I told you how much I loved and admired you enough.

She added: ” You were so loved Mpho. Your kind loving beautiful respectful soul was noted by all who ever worked with or encountered you. The sorrow and grief left by your passing is palpable.

“To the SEBENG family and kin. South Africa feels and empathize with your pain and sorrow. Please find solace and comfort in that Mpho was adored.

“Your fashion sense was off the hook. I used to praise you incessantly on how well you put your outfits together. Your fashion label spoke volumes and was testimony to this fact. Rest easy screenson🌹🙏🏿🕊️.”

Florence Masebe on X:

Langa Mavuso on X:

“We will miss your infectious smile and kind heart. Our hearts are broken. RIPMphoSebeng.”

Award-winning actor & TV presenter Lawrence Maleka in X:

“Born to amuse, to inspire, to delight Here one day and gone one night. Gone too soon. #RIPMphoSebeng 🕊️.”

Your incredible legacy will live on through your unforgettable performances.

DJ Sabby on X:

DJ Sbu shared this powerful clip with Mpho Sebeng as he beautifully lays out the power of kindness in their previous sit-down:

Confirming his death on X on Monday morning, actor Zola Hashatsi shared:

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