Tebogo Letsile and family regret ‘insensitive’ media reports on his mother’s death

SAD NEWS

Botswana’s sprint sensation Letsile Tebogo on Monday morning took to his facebook page account to post a statement in which his family and him expressed regret at the passing on of his mother, Seratiwa Tebogo.

Also known as Sthando-Same, Letsile’s mother passed on this past Sunday, moments after his son finished second at the Los Angeles Grand Prix 100-meter event in the USA. From the statement, the sprint sensation also known SchoolBoy learnt of her mother’s death while in the USA, and the family laments that they were not accorded the respect of letting them handle the news of her passing, with SchoolBoy alleged to have learnt of the death through the media. This, the family has condemned.

THE STATEMENT: It is with profound sadness and heavy hearts that we, the Tebogo family announce the untimely death of Seratiwa ‘Sthando-Same’ Tebogo. Our beloved is the mother to Botswana’s athletics champion Letsile ‘Schoolboy’ Tebogo. Our cherished mother departed from this world on the morning of Sunday 19th May 2024, leaving behind a legacy of love, strength, and unwavering support for her children and the family at large. May her soul rest in peace.

Seratiwa passed on while Letsile was in the United States representing the country at the Los Angeles Grand Prix.

While we go through this time of immense grief and loss, we are deeply troubled by the actions of certain media outlets responsible for sharing the news of her passing without consulting our family first. We acknowledge that Letsile is in the public eye and so is part of his life but this breach of trust and blatant disregard for his emotions and privacy has only added to our anguish during this difficult period.

We condemn the insensitive behavior of those who chose to prioritize ‘breaking the news’ over empathy. It was in the best interest of our beloved icon that the news of his mother’s passing is not made public while he was away representing our country. His emotional well-being should have been respected above all else. We implore the media and social media commentators to exercise greater sensitivity in handling such matters. The pain and grief of losing a loved one cannot be overstated, and it is crucial that the dignity and wishes of the grieving family are upheld and respected.

As we mourn the loss of our dear ‘Sthando-Same’, we ask for your understanding and support during this profoundly difficult time. Funeral arrangements will be made in due course.

Letsile Tebogo's mother
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