People in the broadcasting and media fraternity continue to send messages of condolences to the family of the SABC’s Motsweding FM DJ Thapelo Lehulere popularly known as Lara Kruger.

Lara died on Wednesday at Moses Kotane Hospital in Rustenburg at the age of 30 after a short illness.

Kruger joined Motsweding FM in 2016.  Her death is still a shock to many in the broadcasting and entertainment industry.

Messages of condolences continue to pour in through various social media platforms, where many including Somizi Mhlongo, shared their devastation.

“Mosadi wa leburu”, as she called herself, Kruger gained popularity on social media platforms by reviewing television shows where she was recognised by the SABC’s Motsweding FM in 2016.

The former Motsweding FM Station Manager, S’bongile Mtyali says Kruger was the future in the fraternity and also a treasure in the industry.

“I saw her beyond radio, like I said she had a personality that would take her anywhere. I did not see her confined to radio as such, I saw her playing in the digital space, in terms of social media, in terms of news media platform that exist because she was very trendy. I would say she was going to be one of those trendy blazers in the digital media platforms. So on television there was space for her. Or should I say there is space for creativity like she had.”

Lara worked with the former Motsweding FM DJ, Tazzman Matasatasa by the time she joined the station back in 2016. “When Lara Kruger joined Motsweding FM, I was the first person to work with her. When she came on radio, it was her first time behind the microphone, then really I had to teach her some of the radio ethics and she was ready to listen and very ready to learn. I’ve never seen such a warm hearted person like her really.”

SABC management says Kruger will continue to inspire those who knew her on a personal and professional level. SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago says they have lost talent in Lara.

“The SABC is still shocked to hear of the passing of Thapelo Lehulere, known as Lara Kruger. This is a great loss for the organisation because since she joined the organisation in 2016 she has contributed a lot in her programme on Saturday and for us it is a great loss especially after one of the other presenter at same station passed on.”

Kruger was born as a boy from Mogwase and transformed his sexuality to a female. To the LGBTI society she was regarded as a liberator. Lara will be laid to rest at her home town of Mogwase outside Sun City next week.