"Lesego... was a courageous young woman with whom many
of us were privileged to interact with in her many different and courageous
guises," ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said in a statement.
The 39-year-old died on Monday morning. Her body was
discovered by her brother Moemise Motsepe around 11:00 at her home in Randburg,
the family said in a statement.
"South Africa is much poorer for having lost such a
bright star which shone amongst us," Mthembu said.
Motsepe was declared dead at 13:00 by paramedics. She
died of natural causes.
She will be remembered for her role as Letti Matabane in
the soapie, Isidingo. Motsepe was
part of the cast from 1998 to 2008.
Motsepe announced her HIV-positive status on World Aids
day in 2011, and became an Aids ambassador.
"She was also an unrelenting crusader in the fight
against HIV/Aids," Mthembu said.
Motsepe had participated in a live Twitter interview,
hosted by the ANC, in which she openly discussed coping with the disease and
empowered many people.
"Her last words during our social media live chat
was ‘When you choose to live, you empower yourself, no matter what the
challenges may be when living with any disease’," Mthembu said.
"We hope her determination and her life story will
continue to strengthen and comfort all those whose lives have been touched by
this daughter of the soil."
Motsepe is survived by her mother Ivy Skhosana, brothers
Moemise and Andile Skhosana, and nieces and nephews.
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