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Tributes pour in honour of Thuso Letlhoma

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Tributes have started pouring in to honour the legendary Radio Botswana presenter Thuso Letlhoma who died in Gaborone on May 27.
 
Popular for presenting RB1's Masa A Sele morning show, Letlhoma won hearts of many listeners with his well-researched topics, intelligent questions, humility and love for people.
 
As soon as it was announced that the Molepolole born radio icon has passed on, Batswana from all walks of life took to social media to pay their last respects.
 
One of the messages was from Dumezweni Mthimkhulu, Assistant Minister for presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration:
 
“A Giant has fallen, Radio was your game and you had us enthralled by your homeliness. Your rich baritone and boundless knowledge enchanted the nation and owned the morning airwaves. From Kokotsha to New Stance, they loved your vast musical selection and laughed heartily at every one of your jokes. You taught us to believe in home grown talent. Zoscky Rest in Peace Kwankwetla,” the message read.
 
One of the fans Malatsi Mokhubami wrote:
 
“Indeed a legend has fallen. One of our great local journo is no more, and his departure has left a very painful gab in our hearts. Thuzosky, as our departed hero was publicly known in the local media fraternity, has made a historic mark in society at the time he was alive, and such a particular mark will never be easily forgotten in our memories. The family, relatives and the entire nation have lost a radio broadcaster of note, the young man who had a natural skill of making sure radio listeners become closer to the national radio station, especially when he was presenting Masa A Sele morning programme. Some of us who used to meet and have a joyful moments with him at Bontleng Shopping Complex during weekends, will not forget his admirable character. I remember sometime this year, he made his presence where we usually meet, and left the place after an hour, and few minutes immediately after his departure, we ended up having a very nice misunderstandings we some guys after they dismissed us when we told them that the man who were making us to laugh through his jokes was Thuzosky of RB 1. They were surprised by his humility and good interaction with ordinary people during that day. Robala ka kagiso Kwena Ya Madiba,”
 
A statement from MISA Botswana read:
 
“Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Botswana has received news with shock and sadness of the passing of the Radio Botswana legendary broadcaster Thuso Letlhoma. Mr Letlhoma passed away on the 27th of May 2020 after battling with illness for a while. This is a loss to MISA and the whole media fraternity as he was instrumental in the growing of broadcast media in Botswana. He was seen by many as a mentor, brother, and friend, always ready with a heartwarming smile, laughter and jokes. He will be always be remembered by how meticulously he read the news and his famous Masa A Sele breakfast show with his informative style of presenting. Here is a life worth celebrating amidst the pain and sorrow. Mr Letlhoma will remain in the hearts of many Batswana for the force he was in the broadcasting. May the good Lord comfort his family, friends and Batswana. May his Soul Rest in Eternal Peace,”
 
Baleseng Batlotleng (BOPA Journalist):
 
“Earlier today (Thursday)I received news that Thuso was no more... A coliq called to inform me that Zazaza, as he was warmly known to some of us, took his last..... Reality struck when I went back to my whatsapp chat with him... No blue ticks... I last sent him a message yesterday... Asking him "gore di kae ka koo".... An easygoing person... Full of laughter... Hardworking and quick witted fellow... No words to describe his understanding of music... We enjoyed singing together... Especially after sinking the black one.....last week, feeling a kind of emptiness in my deepest of souls I dedicated a song for him... Siwelele.... I was full of hope... Now my hope is gone... Rest Zazaza... Rest well Vavava....Rest in Peace Thusoski,”
 
Dithapelo Keorapetse (Selebi Phikwe West, Member of Parliament):
 
“Thuzoski was epitome of humility. He was a man of the people. He hung out with all of us on the weekend. During the week he interviewed influencers and power wielders, the aspiring, the rich and the poor. He navigated between the two worlds with remarkable ease. He interviewed me as a political analyst a few times, the most memorable being two successive interviews on SONA. It was a great moment for me, having grown up listening to his heavy voice, intelligent commentary whilst I was a small boy growing up in Phikwe. Through radio, Thuzoski truly, truly served Botswana with honour and distinction. Radio has lost a great deal. Thuzoski was a thorough and diligent researcher, a consummate and quintessential journalist who left no stone unturned in his work but doing all this with a great deal of humility. We need to ask ourselves the important question. Do we still have the quality of Thuzoski and if not what is to be done. I hope this great giant will be posthumously and properly honoured. Rest well Intellectual fountain of wisdom.”

 Fare thee well Thuzoski! Zoski! Zazaza!Tsobetsobe! Kwankwetla!   ENDS

 

Source : BOPA

Author : Anastacia Sibanda

Location : GABORONE

Event : Condolence Messages

Date : May 29 Fri,2020

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