Rapper and actress Gigi Lamayne is mourning the loss of her university friend who she says constantly helped others to heal.
Taking to her Twitter timeline, she labelled suicide “a pandemic” that is a “silent genocide” ending the lives of the youth.
The rapper opened up to TshisaLIVE about how this troubles her.
“This has been something that has been swept under the carpet for longer than it should have been.
All of us have seen that for some reason there has been this issue around suicide brewing for the longest time, and I think people only started really talking about it earlier this year when it started happening more than usual.
I think a huge issue around it is that people are tiptoeing around the situation, something that’s new to our context as Africans. I do believe we need to start having the conversation around why this is occurring, and what are the pressures the youth are going through .
She said her friend was a motivational speaker who uplifted the community, someone who called himself a kasi preacher every day of his life.
“ When you see him in videos you will see this is somebody who was continuously tying to heal the people around him, he was focused. It is scary that somebody who tells you to be strong wasn’t strong enough and that is the route they took.
For me that was the shock behind it. I didn’t know he was struggling that much because he never showed it. He was always very strong for everyone, including myself. When I heard about it I was shocked, it made me realise everyone is putting up a façade.
He put up a façade that he was strong as a male black child, that he was going to do things, but in reality things ended very differently.