Renowned motivational speaker Lebogang Motsumi, who has been living courageously with HIV, recently shared a heartbreaking chapter of her life, unveiling the painful truth of how she contracted the virus during her teenage years. This poignant tale revolves around Lebogang Motsumi’s encounter with the late kwaito musician Tebogo Ndlovu, widely known as Zombo.
Caught in the Web of Deception
At the tender age of 17, Lebogang found herself unwittingly entangled in a web of deception. She vividly recalls the night she and a friend attended a club performance by Chomee. Little did she know that this night would alter the course of her life forever.
“How I got infected with HIV. When I was 17, my friend and I went to a club to watch a performance by Chomee. During the performance, I spotted Tebogo Ndlovu (Zombo), and he was winking at me,” she shared on her social media.
How I got infected with HIV.
I was 17, my friend and I went to a club to watch a performance by Chomee. During the performance, I spotted Tebogo Ndlovu (Zombo), and he was winking at me. He had lost a lot of weight. #BeyondSilence #letstalk
— I’m Still Here! (@Motsumilebo) December 5, 2023
The Pursuit of Fame
Motsumi discloses that, at that fragile age, she harboured dreams of attaining fame. The allure of Zombo, seemingly a gateway to recognition, clouded her judgment. Unbeknownst to her, Zombo had ulterior motives, seeking notoriety by intentionally spreading the virus.
“He then asked me to watch a music show on SABC1, now known as ‘Liveamp.’ He appeared on the show sitting in a wheelchair, disclosing his HIV status and admitting to spreading the virus because he didn’t want to die alone,” she revealed.
Zombo’s Tragic Demise
Tragically, Zombo succumbed to an AIDS-related illness in February 2008 at St Francis Care Centre in Benoni, Ekurhuleni. His confession on SABC1’s Live and his criticism of his manager, Arthur Mafokate, for neglecting him during his deteriorating health added a layer of sorrow to his final days.
Sunday World reported Zombo’s admission of sexual promiscuity and his lack of recollection regarding who might have infected him. The revelation of his HIV status occurred after undergoing tests at Sunninghill Hospital in 2007.
This heartbreaking episode serves as a stark reminder of the challenges faced by those living with HIV and the importance of raising awareness to eradicate the stigma surrounding the virus.