Television Personality Ofentse “Mawisa” Mathope Fears For Her Life Following Vusi MaR5 and Skinny Deep Deaths
Television and radio personality, Ofentse “Mawisa” Mathope, expresses deep concern for her safety and that of others in her community, following the tragic deaths of two popular Barcadi artists.
The incidents, occurring almost a year apart, have left the tight-knit community in shock.
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Itumeleng “Vusi MaR5” Mosoeu, a rising star in the Barcadi music scene, lost his life on January 30, 2023. His untimely death was followed by the passing of Duduetsang Gift Maluleka, also known as Skinny Deep, on January 29, 2024. Both artists hailed from Mabopane in Tshwane but met their tragic end in Soshanguve.
Ofentse, deeply affected by the loss of these influential artists, emphasizes their significant contributions to Barcadi music. Speaking to the Daily Sun, she stated that Vusi MaR5’s promising career was abruptly cut short, while Skinny Deep’s talents were not fully recognized during his lifetime.
“These artists elevated Barcadi music to new heights. Vusi MaR5 was on the brink of a breakthrough, and Skinny Deep deserved more recognition from the entertainment industry,” lamented Ofentse.
Community in Fear: Calls for Action Amid Rising Concerns
Expressing concern for the safety of artists and residents alike, Ofentse questions the role of law enforcement in addressing these crimes.
“We wonder if the entertainment industry is under attack. Who will be the next victim, and where are the police in all of this?” she asked.
Fearing for her own safety, Ofentse admitted to being cautious when moving around her neighborhood, often opting to stay indoors. The ongoing violence has prompted her to contemplate leaving the entertainment industry and even considering relocation abroad.
“I want to leave my kasi because of crime. I am even planning to go abroad if the opportunity arises,” she revealed.
Despite the challenges, Ofentse expressed gratitude for the influence of Vusi MaR5, who instilled in her a sense of responsibility for her life.
“Being around Vusi MaR5 kept me focused. They took away the pioneer and champion in our craft,” she concluded