Cape Town – An acquaintance of Patrick Shai, Thabang Sefotho, has shared what he says was the last conversation he had with the late veteran actor.
According to The Citizen, Sefotho is the founder of a movement called “Tigers Do Cry”.
He met the late actor through his public engagements against gender-based-violence (GBV).
Shai spent the better part of his adulthood speaking about his past in an effort to deter other men from doing what he did to his wife.
In an interview with 702, Thabang said about Shai: “He did so much and he said so much and he encouraged a lot of us here.
“His last words to me were ‘look, ntwana, I’ve tried to reach out to Cassper and the family, I’m speaking to the management but this character assassination on social media is really breaking me.”
This followed a video clip that went viral on Twitter in which Shai challenged rapper Cassper Nyovest on his #FamevsClout boxing match.
“I want to bleksem you before I die. I want to make sure that I’ve beaten you up so that on my tombstone, it is written that I am the man who beat Caster or Coster or whatever your sh*t name is… Give me that respect. Come, you son of a bi**h,” said Shai in the controversial video.
However, that didn’t sit well with Cassper and many of his followers on the public social platform who took an offence against Shai calling Cassper a son of a bi**h.
Shai later issued a written statement and apologised to the rapper.
My sincere apology pic.twitter.com/fzvjUeVe0a
— Patrick Shai (@patshai) January 18, 2022
“From the bottom of my heart, I would like to apologise. Apologise, for having [used] such strong language…Even though the challenge would have been an ideal thing but it has now been soured by what I said.
“I regret every bit of the last sentence I used. I am sorry,” he said.
Shai allegedly took his own life on Saturday. His wife discovered his body hanging in their home garage, reported Sunday World.
A memorial service to honour the life of the veteran actor will take place at Market Theatre in Newtown from 12:00 – 15:00 on Thursday, January 27.
A funeral service will take place on January 29, according to Channel24.
Picture: Twitter (Twitter/@patshai)
Compiled by Odwa Shumi