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Tragedy strikes SA rapper Shebeshxt as he loses 9-year-old daughter in car crash

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South African rapper, Lehlogonolo Katlego Chauke, popularly known as Shebeshxt, has been hit by a tragedy after he lost his nine-year-old daughter in a ghastly car accident.

According to reports, the musician was travelling with three passengers to perform at the African National Congress (ANC) Siyanqoba Rally celebration concert held in the Northern Limpopo province on Saturday when the car collided with a heavy motor vehicle and overturned.

Media reports also said apart from losing his daughter, the rapper also lost a foot in the crash.

Shebeshxt who confirmed the incident in a post on X on Monday, said:

“My life will never be the same without your presence.
My heart is so so broken. I’m trying to adjust the accident that left me in trauma and so many tears. Losing my foot was enough, not too lose my daughter,” he wrote.

The Limpopo Artists Movement (LAM) in a condolence message on Monday, said:

“We cannot imagine the pain and grief they must be experiencing, but we want them to know that they are not alone.

“The entire artistic community stands in solidarity with them, offering comfort and support.

“Shebe is not only a talented artist but also a valued member of our creative fraternity.”

The media say the crash was Shebeshxt’s second accident this year as he was involved in a crash in January which left him unharmed but his car was written off.

Shebeshxt’s popularity grew after his song “Ke Di Shxt Malume” became a big hit on TikTok and has been on a steady rise in the music industry in South Africa, but he has remained a controversial figure.

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SA officials launch probe into accident that killed musician Shebeshxt’s daughter

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South African authorities have launched an investigation into the tragic accident that claimed the life of the nine-year-old daughter of musician, Lehlogonolo Katlego Chauke, popularly known as Shebeshxt, on Saturday.

The Limpopo Department of Transport and Community Safety, in a statement on Wednesday, said the accident that occurred along the R37 near the Smelters Mine outside Polokwane, also caused the controversial rapper a foot.

Spokesperson for the Department, Tidimalo Chuene, said the accident occurred at about 22:00 when Shebeshxt’s charcoal Volkswagen Polo collided with a heavy motor vehicle.

According to local media reports, the “Ambulance” hitmaker was en route to perform at an African National Congress Siyanqoba Rally celebration concert scheduled for Sunday in Lebowakgomo when the accident happened.

“A Volkswagen Polo is reported to have overturned after colliding with a heavy motor vehicle, killing the young girl and seriously injuring the driver and another passenger,” Chuene told reporters.

The spokesman stated that the nine-year-old girl was killed in the accident, while two other passengers sustained serious but “salvageable threatening injuries.”

She said the cause of the accident will be investigated, and the names of all individuals involved be disclosed to the public once all necessary police procedures are completed.

“As the department, we are saddened by the incident and send our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families, and wish for those who sustained injuries a speedy recovery,” she added.

In a related statement, Shebeshxt’s family confirmed the accident and the passing of the rapper’s daughter.

“The accident unfortunately claimed the life of his beloved daughter, Onthatile (Gladys Chuene), which has caused utter grief and shock as she was the angel that warmed up all our hearts,” reads the statement.

The family statement added that the “Twerka” singer is alive and currently hospitalised, receiving medical care.

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‘Stop competing, learn from Nigeria’s movie industry’, Nollywood actor Michael Uchegbu charges Ghanaian filmmakers

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A top Nollywood actor, Michael Uchegbu, has advised moviemakers and stakeholders in the Ghanaian movie industry to stop competing with the Nigerian film sector but rather learn from Africa’s biggest entertainment industry.

Uchegbu who gave the advice in an interview with Ghanaian entertainment tabloid, Graphic Showbiz, admonished stakeholders in the West African country to stop
expending their energy on contesting Nollywood and rather concentrate on building a unique brand.

The versatile actor noted that Nollywood, which is currently rubbing shoulders with Hollywood and Bollywood, achieved its status through the “relentless efforts and innovations” and that “attempts to compete with the industry would rather impede the development of Ghana’s film industry.”

The “Anomalous” star emphasized that players in the Ghanaian movie industry could learn a lot from their Nigerian counterparts if they stop seeing themselves as competitors.

“The Ghanaian movie sector is not making much progress due to the lack of drive among its players to achieve global success and that is what is hindering its growth,” he stated.

“So the best bet is to learn from Nollywood and not spend precious time trying to compete with them.

“Filmmakers in Ghana could harness the experiences and practices of Nollywood to overcome the sector’s current challenges.

“They also need to strategise to build up the industry by producing exceptional movies that can gain international recognition instead of rivalling Nollywood,” he added.

He also stressed the importance of investment, hard work and collaboration for the growth of Ghana’s movie industry.

“Nigeria’s movie industry is far advanced in my opinion because we are a go-getting nation while Ghanaians are more relaxed and calm.

“So I think the way to go is to learn from each other and build each other up. Ghana and Nigeria should not compete if we are to build Africa and our respective industries,” he noted.

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