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.
"Lesego was an incredible talent whom we will always
cherish for the memories and joy she brought to her fans," Maile said in a
"This is indeed a sad start to the year for an
industry that has lost so many legends. It is particularly hard because Lesego
was still very young."
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.
"We will continue to celebrate her work, may her
wonderful humble soul rest in peace," Maile said.
Motsepe announced her HIV-positive status on World Aids
day in 2011, and became an Aids ambassador.
"She had been living with the disease since
1998," her family said.
"Since the public announcement that touched many
hearts of South Africans, Lesego conducted several workshops and talks on the
importance of living with hope when affected by HIV/Aids, directly or
Motsepe is survived by her mother Ivy Skhosana, brothers Moemise
and Andile Skhosana, and nieces and nephews.
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