Thabiso Sekgala: Suicide stills another rising star

Mail & Guardian | Sean O’Toole:


Sean O’Toole mourns the loss of a talented young photographer who brought a tender and subtle touch to his searching images.

There is a passage in Phaswane Mpshe’s 2001 novel Welcome to Our Hillbrow that speaks to the mystery that finally compelled Thabiso Sekgala, arguably the brightest hope among a new generation of South African photographers, to take his own life.

Thabiso Sekgala

“There were no outlets for your bottled-up feelings … With so much on your mind, suicide and relief could only be synonymous attractions.”

The finality of Sekgala’s action — he hanged himself in his Johannesburg flat last week — has deeply shocked those who knew this gentle and upbeat photographer…


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