Family discloses truth about Lebese’s death

2012-03-06 07:05

The family of Thabang Lebese (38) has disclosed that the soccer star had died of an HIV-related ailment.

Family spokesperson Fana Tshabangu said they were shocked to learn of Lebese’s status after his death, especially his mother.

“Lebese died before he could tell his family about his status himself. We are honouring Lebese’s last wish as friends of his told us Thabang always wanted to disclose his status,” said Tshabangu.

The family apologised to the Gauteng department of health, the Helen Joseph Hospital staff and management for initial statements that blamed the hospital for Lebese’s death.

“We are satisfied with the care he received at the hospital,” Tshabangu said.

Gauteng health department spokesperson Simon Zwane said the department accepted the apology and considered the matter to be closed.

Lebese’s funeral was held on Friday.

The former Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Moroka Swallows, Ria Stars and Bafana Bafana midfielder died in Johannesburg last month.

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