Rest Easy Busi Lurayi


The entertainment industry has been hit by yet another storm. Another giant thespian has sadly left us.

Talented Actress Busi Lurayi has passed away. She became a household name for her starring role on the SABC1 sitcom City Sesl’a as the hilarious Phumzile from 2005 to 2006. The series was later aired again in 2010.

The multi award-winning actress started out acting when she scooped a role in 2013 during a musical remake of Sarafina.

She then joined the cast of the ITV drama series Wild at Heart. The series depicted the story of a British family who moves to a game reserve in South Africa. She played the role of Thandi, a teacher who home schools the kids.

She has quite a huge and impressive CV and accolades. She had monumental roles including portraying Swazi Lukhele on Generations in 2011. Also a role worthy to mention is that of Winnie Molepo which she portrayed in 2008 on SABC 1’s hit drama series, Sokhulu and Partners. 

The exceptionally talented Actress was also a stage goddess.

In 2019, she came back guns blazing in the world of theatre when the Market Theatre and US Mission in SA commemorated Black History Month with the South African premiere of Nina Simon’se Four Women. The show premiered on SABC 2 in September 2020.

Recently she starred in two seasons of the Netflix show, How To Ruin Christmas as Tumi Sello. 

The SAFTA (South African Film and Television Awards) award-winning actress was found lifeless in her home on Sunday 10 July 2022.

What a loss to the acting space. Her endless contributions to the arts will never be forgotten.

SA POSITIVE NEWS sends deepest, heartfelt condolences to her friends, family and the entertainment industry at large.  

Heaven could not wait for you Busisiwe. Go on. Go home!

Lurayi is survived by her daughter. Rest in peace Busisiwe.

By Sinenzolo Mondi – Nduku