Thuli Thabethe Announced As Busi Lurayi's Replacement

Busi will still make an appearance

By  | Aug 23, 2022, 02:09 PM  | Thuli Thabethe  | Top of The

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The late Busi Lurayi was cast on ETV's Scandal! before her untimely passing. Her appearance will begin on September 2, and she plays the role of Me’Shell.

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Me'Shell is a married woman, known to be Layla McKenzie's friend. She is married to a prominent businessman. Her untimely death saw her character needing a re-cast and who better than the talented Thuli Thabethe to fill her shoes.

Producer at Scandal! said they were very shocked when they found out about Busi's passing. They were in awe over Busi's portrayal of the cougar wife role and said she was very professional to work with.

“At Scandal! we were shocked and saddened by the untimely passing of Busisiwe Lurayi. Busi was midstream in the portrayal of Me’shell the cougar housewife who pays her fitness trainer, CJ, for additional training on the side! She embraced the role, was doing an amazing job, and was extremely professional to work with. We were keen to present her final work to audiences of Scandal! We are grateful to the Lurayi family for supporting our request,” said Sanele Zulu in a statement sent to TshisaLive.

In the statement, Thuli Thabethe said she is honoured to be taking over the role of Me'Shell from her late friend.

“It is also an honour to be an understudy to such a prolific, talented artist. Busi became the character, I always said, the rest of us would put in work and act but she would become the character. Stepping into the character of Me’Shell who had been played by Busi, I know that I would have big shoes to fill. I am thankful for the opportunity from Scandal! and for trusting in my ability to continue with the work she started. I am honoured and blessed,” she said.

It was alleged that the late Busi's body was found with injuries. The Ses'Top La actress and How To Ruin Christmas star was found by her father, Freddy Mokoena, in her daughter's room.

Sunday World alleged that she was found with visible injuries and blood was allegedly coming out of her mouth. 

“If she died of natural causes, then why did she have bruises on her legs and why was blood coming out of her mouth when her father found her lying down in her bedroom? Something is amiss here. We can’t wait to see what the autopsy report says,” said a source. 

“She did not have enemies; she was always a jolly person who was loved by the entire universe. If someone harmed her, that will be so shocking because she would never provoke or hurt anyone. The police should do a thorough job here, we need answers. They know what we are talking about,” the source added. 

A police statement allegedly confirmed that her body was indeed found in that condition. Sgt Dlamini of Edenvale SAPS, said he "received a complaint of 2 Baker Road Edenglen, Edenvale, and on arrival, he found family members with the body of the deceased,” the statement seen by the Sunday publication reads.

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