Veteran TV presenter, actress and former Miss Black South Africa, Michelle Molatlou has passed on.
According to a family spokesman and Molatlou’s brother Kgosi Monye, the 44-year-old who was the last Miss Black South Africa before the pageant was discontinued in 1993, died at the National Hospital in Bloemfontein. She gave up after a long battle with cervical cancer.
“Michelle was surrounded by lots of love with family and friends.
“She succumbed to her battle with cervical cancer at the National Hospital in Bloemfontein,” Monye said in a statement.
He described her life as one that was well spent as she touched a lot of lives during her time on earth.
“Michelle was a consummate professional, a loving mother to her two sons, a loving child to her parents, siblings and a good friend to many.
“She had drawn her inspiration from different people and situations to be the person she was. She was a hard worker and very passionate about charity work and absolutely loved working with the youth,” Monye said.
Michelle Molatlou was a beauty to reckon with. She garnered inspiration from different people and situations to be the person she was. During her tenure as Miss Black South Africa, Michelle challenged stereotypes faced by beauty queens. She went on to become a TV presenter on SABC2’s magazine show Mamepe, and later started acting on a number of productions including Kgalelo Pelo, In the Name of Love, Mokgonyana Matswale and most recently Generations: The Legacy.
Molatlou made her last big acting appearance on Generations in November last year. The soapie’s spokeswoman Gaaratwe Mokhethi commented: “She was a very warm person and very chilled. It’s a major loss to the industry. It’s a very sad day. May the family be comforted.”
Her other recent TV shows were on Mzansi Magic’s Lokshin Bioscope movies. She also ventured into the corporate world and worked for Simeka/Graphicor and Mortimer Harvey before she starting her own successful catering company.
She is survived by her two children.
Tributes have been pouring in for the late TV star and beauty queen.