Former Chiefs star dies

2012-02-23 09:34

Johannesburg - Former Ria Stars, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates star midfielder Thabang “Chillies” Lebese has reportedly passed away after a short illness.

Popularly as 'Chillies', Lebese burst into scene in 1993 making his official debut for Kaizer Chiefs against archrivals Orlando Pirates at the old FNB Stadium.

He went on to become a household name in the black and gold of Chiefs where he formed a telepathic combination with his friends Thabo 'TsikiTsiki' Mooki and Tshepo 'Chippa' Molatedi and later Frank 'Disco' Makua. Lebese later moved across to Pirates in 2000 via Ria Stars.

The passing away of Lebese comes shortly after those of Pirates webmaster and photographer Joseph “Shoes” Makati and long-time Pirates security Albert Hlongwane.


  • Dineo - 2012-02-23 09:37

    May your sould rest in peace Thabang

  • trevor.charles3 - 2012-02-23 09:47


      Xoli - 2012-02-23 10:06

      Does it really matter man, please have a heart knowing what he died from is highly irrelevant..instead offer your condolences

      blackjew69 - 2012-02-23 10:32

      Trevor, h passed away from HIV related illness, It was an open secret he was on his way out. He was on tv 2 month back (sabc1) giving his adice to youngsters and football stars on ow not to indulge in alcohol,drugs and women. he was working for non-governmental organization for the same purpose. @ XOLI and Alicia - It does matter what killed people, if its said out aloud, one or two people will learn athing or two

      blackjew69 - 2012-02-23 10:35

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      wmatinyana - 2012-02-23 12:32

      OF TB

  • Dineo - 2012-02-23 09:47

    May your sould rest in peace

  • Singata - 2012-02-23 09:49

    Rest in peace Banda

  • Itumeleng - 2012-02-23 09:57

    RIP, Thabo thiba Thabang.

  • Bruce - 2012-02-23 10:00

    this is sad indeed, he entertained us, vanished and now he is no more. Chillies surely will be missed.

  • Xoli - 2012-02-23 10:05

    Rest in peace LEGEND of the game...21 Jump street

  • Terrence - 2012-02-23 10:10

    Baandaaa lebesseee. they called his name everytime he was about to score. Hamba kahle chillies!

  • Aaron - 2012-02-23 10:10

    It is not relevant to know the disease, shame on you who ask

      Xoli - 2012-02-23 10:15

      Exactly my friend, thank you, we share the same sentiments

      blackjew69 - 2012-02-23 10:31

      Trevor, h passed away from HIV related illness, It was an open secret he was on his way out. He was on tv 2 month back (sabc1) giving his adice to youngsters and football stars on ow not to indulge in alcohol,drugs and women. he was working for non-governmental organization for the same purpose. @ XOLI and Alicia - It does matter what killed people, if its said out aloud, one or two people will learn athing or two.

      blackjew69 - 2012-03-06 10:18

      Like i said 2weeks back, and it isnt slander, lebese passed away due to Aids related diseases, Why do people hide cause of death, People who are on spot light are used as role models, am sure afew people especially in the soccer fraternity now have learnt about scr**wing around, , which they wouldnt have had amoment to ponder about it if cause of death was kept secret.

  • siya.jr - 2012-02-23 10:13

    Rest in Peace Chillies....

  • Ntsigo Max Nito - 2012-02-23 10:15

    do u really have to know what he died from,does it really matter?what matters is that we've lost 1 of the greatest talents we've ever had*in my opinion*

  • fani.masemola1 - 2012-02-23 10:20

    Rest in Peace Banda. It is irrelevant and brainless for some bloggers to question which disease you died from. We will all die one day. Everybody has got their dates. May your soul rest in peace Thabang.

  • thamsanqa.magagula - 2012-02-23 10:21

    Rest in peace Baba. We will miss ya.

  • sipho.mvalo - 2012-02-23 10:22

    Sad, rest in peace Chillies you have made your mark and we will always remember you

  • thamsanqa.magagula - 2012-02-23 10:23

    Rest in peace Baba. We will miss you.

  • Moss - 2012-02-23 10:26

    Hush my bay don't you cry, rest in peace my lullaby!! You will solely be misse din the sccer fraternity

  • ashwin.lallo - 2012-02-23 10:32

    Just because he is black the cause of death is questioned.I,m sorry to say but if that question did not come from a white man i,ll eat my hat.

      fani.masemola1 - 2012-02-23 11:09

      no need to play race card. We have all sorts of idiots in every race. An idiot will be an idot regardles of their skin colours. It is idotic to question someone' cause of death and make judgements about their HIV status.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-02-23 12:22

      I also saw the question as such and thought to reprimand the person.( fool), but after reading fani.masemola1"s comment I decided against it because we must not become self-centered/the same as him, being drawn in his self created world. Thank you, fani.masemola1 !!!

  • claudette.hlatshwayo - 2012-02-23 10:33

    Rest In Peace Thabang, May the Good Lord Bless and welcome you with warm hands.

  • Mashudu - 2012-02-23 10:42


  • mshokoane - 2012-02-23 10:44

    Rest in peace brother.

  • smahlaba - 2012-02-23 10:44

    RIP Thabang Lebese

  • Senzo Mathebula - 2012-02-23 10:48

    RIP chillies

  • looneylani - 2012-02-23 11:05

    RIP dude!

  • Ndiva - 2012-02-23 11:35

    Someone passes on, some morons turn it it some form of a marketing and racism platform. All you say you uncultured people is AKUHLANGALUNGEHLANGA. MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE. Thyini!!!

      wmatinyana - 2012-02-23 13:01


  • bafana.skosana - 2012-02-23 12:15

    May your soul rest in peace Thabang,

  • Zolani - 2012-02-23 12:34

    We will always remember him . Oh what a talent we all know his combination with Tsiki Tsiki, Frank , Trompies , Tsepo .....................

  • - 2012-02-23 12:35

    Ahhh, I still remember those days, under the mad man Paul Daulezer. Thabo Thiba Thabang… That's how I remember him at Chiefs, and then he went to our archrivals, via the now defunct Manyora. May his soul rest in peace

  • Scooter - 2012-02-23 12:38

    May his Soul rest in peace!

  • Ntshekisang - 2012-02-23 13:02

    may soul rest in peace, This a great loss to the Lebese family and us fans

  • Vincent - 2012-02-23 13:05

    So painfu;l when the best sportsman and women dies on this age... Anyway Only God knows everyone's life journey. I send my condolance to the family and friends of Thabang Lebese. It's sad to hear that you leave us with lots of questions about your career... RIP

  • Vincent - 2012-02-23 13:14

    It's time of sadness to the football lovers more especially in PSL, where this talented Lebese show case his talents during his time at Ria Stars and Kaizer Chiefs. I salute “Chillies" for his contribution in soccer. He left us un-notice and I guess his spirit should rest in peace. Robala Thanbang Lebese... You'll always remembered in SA Football circle.

  • Zolani - 2012-02-23 13:29

    Remember that game, before ellis park disaster he wanted to demolish us . What a star. He contributed a lot to our football Him and Muchichwa was Dolezaar's favourate . Akuhlanga kungehlanga .................

  • Atlegang - 2012-02-23 16:11

    R.I.P You will always be remembered by being a good soccer play.

  • Atlegang - 2012-02-23 16:12

    R.I.P You will always be remembered by playing good football.

  • neo.mokhonoane - 2012-02-23 17:51

    Thabang Lebese rest in Peace. He was a good player. Let us have a moment of silence as football fraternity.

  • Mbengeni - 2012-03-27 17:26

    and u 2 if u know that u have this virus come to jesus he will set u free

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