The South African arts and entertainment sector is reeling from another devastating blow with the sudden passing of a respected figure in the industry, filmmaker and producer, Teboho Mahlatsi. He breathed his last at the tender age of 49, leaving behind a unique and influential legacy in the African cinematic world.
In a heartfelt statement released by the family, they shared the distressing news of Teboho Moseling Mahlatsi’s untimely demise on July 3, 2023. The family has requested, instead of direct condolences, prayers from the community while they grapple with this sudden loss. They have also respectfully requested privacy to mourn the departure of their loved one and navigate this period of sorrow.
Teboho Mahlatsi was a beacon of creativity and innovation in the South African television industry. His exceptional skills as a filmmaker and producer were reflected in his extensive body of work that spanned several genres.
One of Mahlatsi’s standout achievements was his role as a co-creator and writer of the critically acclaimed 1990s drama series, Yizo Yizo. This series delved into the intricate issues that plagued learners within the South African education system during that era. Despite sparking controversy with its vivid portrayal of violence and gangsterism within schools, Yizo Yizo garnered widespread praise for its realistic representation of the trials and tribulations of South African youth. The captivating drama series, Yizo Yizo, continues to reach global audiences through the popular streaming platform, Netflix.
Mahlatsi’s directorial prowess extended beyond Yizo Yizo, as he directed a myriad of other television series that have carved a niche in the South African entertainment landscape. These include Portrait of a Young Man Drowning, Shuga: Love, Sex, and Money, For Love and Broken Bones, and Isibaya. In addition to his directorial contributions, Mahlatsi was a co-director at Bomb Productions, the creative force behind the Mzansi Magic drama series, Shaka iLembe.
Details regarding the circumstances surrounding the cause of Mahlatsi’s untimely death have not been made public. The family continues to request privacy as they mourn the irreplaceable loss of their beloved family member.
Teboho Mahlatsi’s immeasurable contributions to the arts and entertainment industry in South Africa have undoubtedly left an indelible mark, and his memory will live on through the trailblazing work he produced. He will be dearly missed by all those who had the pleasure of experiencing his remarkable creativity and profound passion for storytelling.