2017 is almost over, people are getting ready to go into 2018, but, sadly South Africa lost some of its beloved personalities this year.
Briefly.co.za remembers those we lost this past year:
1. Joe Mafela
The multi-talented South African passed away on 18 March 2017, in an accident.
2. Lundi Tyamara
Tyamara died in January, following a lenghty fight with stomach TB and liver issues.
3. Vela Shembe
The leader of the Thembezinhle faction of the Nazareth Baptist church, died on 23 November 2017.
4. Ray Phiri
The South African Jazz musician died on 12 July 2017, at age 70.
5. Dumi Masilela
The Rhythm City actor was killed during a hijacking attempt in August.
6. Mandla Hlatshwayo
The former Generations actor was shot dead on 14 May during a robbery in Soweto.
7. Sindiso Magaqa
Magaqa died on 4 September after being fatally shot in Durban. Sindiso Magaqa was the Youth Affairs Manager of Umzimkhulu Municipality.
8. Christopher Kubheka
The South African sadly took his own life back in June this year. The 48-year-old allegedly left his wife a suicide note.
9. Ahmed Kathrada
The South African politician, political prisoner and anti-apartheid activist died on 28 March at age 87.
10. Robbie Malinga
Malinga passed away on Christmas day, reportedly due to stage four pancreatic cancer.
11. Joost van der Westhuizen
The former Springbok rugby player ultimately lost a lengthy battle to motor neurone disease. He passed away on 6 February at age 45.
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