On Wednesday, the passing of Obani Lababantu star Olpha 'GeeSixFive' Selepe sent shockwaves through the country. Selepe had become a viral sensation after a video of her singing her hit single captured the hearts of South Africans.
According to a statement released by her family, Selepe passed away in Durban where she had been self-isolating after receiving a positive diagnosis for COVID-19 on Monday.
"A leader throughout her life, the 65-year-old retired teacher had an illustrious career as a primary school principal, later heading up Northdale TVET college in Pietermaritzburg - she also did a teaching stint abroad in the UK," the statement said.
"Her love for music began while training at a teacher's college and she went on to be a highly decorated choir conductor performing in both regional and national competitions. She was also an active member of the Regina Coeli Catholic Church in Madadeni, Newcastle where she lived."
In 2018 at the age of 63, Selepe completed her Master's degree and she was pursuing her doctoral degree at the time of her passing.
"Prior to her hit song Obani Lababantu that trended on social media and music-buying platforms, she had produced a music album of children's nursery rhymes in isiZulu," the statement added.
Selepe leaves behind three children, a number of grandchildren, a sister, nieces, and nephews.
May her soul rest in peace.